Government Projects We’re Watching in 2020

Off the back of our earlier story on the developments we’re looking forward to following in 2020, we’ve also rounded up the top Victorian Government construction projects to keep an eye on.

Chisholm Road Prison Project

This state government initiative is being constructed by none other than John Holland Group, who have collaborated with state governments on former prison projects such as Victoria’s Ravenhall Prison and NSW’s Clarence Correctional Facility. 

The new correctional facility on Chisholm Road in Lara (near Geelong) will house 1,248 prisoners and is creating 900 jobs in the construction and engineering sector. Construction has commenced, with an open date set for 2022. 

Footscray Hospital 

The Footscray Hospital will be the largest hospital project in Victoria, ever. 

For such a significant task, the government has 3 consortia vying for the reins: Advance West (with Tetris Capital, John Holland and ISS); Exemplar Health (with Capella Capital, Lendlease and Spotless) and Plenary Health (with Plenary, Multiplex, Honeywell and Compass). 

The winner of the $1.5B construction contract will be announced before ground breaks this year, for a project completion date of 2025.

Melbourne Park Redevelopment (Stage 3)

Further advancements to the Melbourne Park tennis precinct will continue in 2020. $271.5 million will be poured into the project’s third stage, which includes a new 5,000-seat sunken show court and arena, elevated outdoor public space, a function and media centre, broadcast studios and other amenities. 

Lendlease is currently delivering Stage 3, creating 600 construction jobs, with the knock-on effect of upgraded facilities sure to be felt by the tourism and hospitality industries. 

Metro Tunnel Underground Stations

2020 was slated as the original halfway mark for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel, however with budgets and timelines continuing to blow out, the city’s largest infrastructure project is looking at a later-than-expected finish date.

Tunnel-boring, which was set for completion this year, is likely to be delayed following a halt in works in December over funding disputes between the Cross Yarra Partnership (the consortium made up of Lendlease, John Holland and Bouygues Construction) and the Victorian Government. 

Although the Auditor-General found the project was running $150 million over budget in June of last year, the consortium had been seeking additional funding up to $2 billion before essentially walking off the job.

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