Multiplex, Lendlease & John Holland Likely to Compete for $1B Melton Hospital

Render of the newly-announced Footscray Hospital.

Source: Victorian Health & Human Services Building Authority

Three prominent Tier-1 companies are expected to compete for the contract to build a major hospital for Western Health in Melton.

The hospital, which will provide much-needed 24-hour and specialist care for the growing region, will also service Bacchus Marsh and be linked to the new $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital and Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital. 

Acting Health Minister Martin Foley said the need for a hospital in the region is “vital,” with the population set to reach 250,000 by 2031. 

The Melton City Council has been lobbying for a 24-hour hospital with a full emergency department, specialist cardiac and intensive care units and acute surgery theatres for over a year, citing nearby Bacchus Marsh hospital as a “not acceptable” facility. 

Lendlease, John Holland Group and Multiplex are all expected to throw their hats in the ring, with each bringing a wealth of hospital development experience to the table.

The three players are also currently in competition for the contract to build the new Footscray Hospital, having been shortlisted by Western Health and proposing to work in separate consortia. 

Multiplex may be the most qualified to deliver a hospital for Melbourne’s west, having completed construction on the $66.5 million Stage 1C of the Werribee Mercy Hospital in 2018.

The company also developed the Epworth Geelong Teaching Hospital in Waurn Ponds in 2016.

Lendlease also has an extensive hospital-building track record, and an established relationship with Western Health, having delivered the complete design management, procurement and construction of the $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s hospital in St Albans which opened May of this year. 

Other hospital developments in Lendlease’s portfolio include the Monash Children’s Hospital delivered in 2017, and the Royal Childrens Hospital in Parkville in 2011. 

John Holland Group, currently working on the Metro Tunnel project, is also delivering the Victorian Heart Hospital in Clayton, due for completion in 2022.

JHG has previously delivered hospital developments in Hobart, Perth and the Sunshine Coast. 

The Victorian Government will announce a principal consultant for the project in early 2020, then open expressions of interest to developers. 

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