5 July 2022

Thank you to the trades and construction stakeholders who attended last week's Industry Briefing Breakfast for the $541.6 million Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment – Ballarat’s largest infrastructure project.

Along with Grampians Health and the Victorian Health Building Authority, Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison also helped to inform trades on how they can get involved in the redevelopment and tender on stage two of the project which will deliver a new central energy plant and support services building.

Thank you also to the Industry Capability Network and Apprenticeships Victoria for their support.

For more information on how trades can still get involved in the project please visit http://ow.ly/vXNO50JMguw.

Photo: Victorian Health Building Authority BBHR Project Director Anna Marshall, Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and City of Ballarat CEO Evan King

1 June 2022

 

We are excited to share with you a new artist impression of what the first building to be constructed as part of the $541.6 million Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment will look like!

State Health Minister Martin Foley today visited Grampians Health to release the image of the new building which will house a state-of-the-art pharmacy, pathology and Education and Learning Centre.

Demolition works of the Eildon House and Edward Wilson buildings are currently underway, paving the way for this new building, with construction to commence later this year.

The Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment is on schedule for completion in 2027 and once completed will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients.

13 April 2022

A new artist impression showcasing the new main entry of the Ballarat Base Hospital which is being delivered as part of the $541.6 million redevelopment has been unveiled.

Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford today released the artist impression which shows the new main entry off Sturt Street which will improve access for patients, families and emergency vehicles and deliver short-term parking and safe drop-off zones.

Working in partnership with the Victorian Health Building Authority, Grampians Health is looking forward to delivering a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds as part of the redevelopment.

Final designs for the Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment are still being finalised and are expected to be released later this year.

7 April 2022

Preparation for the demolition of the Eildon House and Edward Wilson buildings commenced this week as part of the Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment.

While minor demolition works will occur between now until the end of April, the bulk of works is due to occur later this month and through until late June.

Works are scheduled to take place from Monday to Friday between 7am to 5pm.

To minimise disruption, the following measures will be in place:

- noise and vibration monitoring;

- noise control measures; and

- dust suppression using water.

The demolition of these buildings will pave the way for construction of a new building to house a state-of-the-art pharmacy, pathology and centre for education and training.

If you have any queries regarding the redevelopment, please email redevelopment@bhs.org.au

 

19 March 2022

 

As part of Stage 1 works of the $541.6 million Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment, demolition of the Edward Wilson and Eildon House buildings in Drummond Street will commence in April.

The demolition of these buildings will pave the way for construction of a new building to house a state-of-the-art pharmacy, pathology and centre for education and training.

The buildings most recently were used as administration and consulting rooms. These services have been relocated to new, purpose-designed spaces in the redeveloped hospital.

Grampians Health has notified surrounding residents and businesses that demolition works will be getting underway and has provided further information about the process and potential impacts.

The demolition of these buildings is expected to be completed in June 2022 by local builder H. Troon.

Working in partnership with the Victorian Health Building Authority, Grampians Health is looking forward to delivering a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite, expanded ICU, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms and an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds.

Once completed, the upgraded hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients per year.

If you have any queries regarding Stage 1 works of the Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment, please email redevelopment@bhs.org.au

 

 

21 December 2021

 

In October 2021, the Victorian Health Building Authority asked for your ideas and priorities to help shape the key family spaces in the redeveloped $541.6 million Ballarat Base Hospital - from waiting rooms to gardens. 

They received 473 responses that have now been shared with the project architect.

Here is what you had to say.

Community feedback on indoor and outdoor spaces

Main entry and foyer

When asked to consider what features and services you would like to see and have available when arriving at the Ballarat Base Hospital, this is what we heard:

  • 73% - Clear signage
  • 42% - Interactive maps
  • 42% - Greenery and plants

You would also like to see:

  • Reception staff
  • User-friendly entrance doors
  • Comfortable seating.

Waiting areas and family lounges

When spending time in a waiting area or family lounge, you ranked the following features and services in order of importance:

  • Ranked 1st - Having more personal space
  • Ranked 2nd - Access to food and drinks
  • Ranked 3rd - Having a space where your extended family can come together

You would also like to see:

  • Comfortable seating
  • A culturally safe space for indigenous community members and their families
  • Calming music
  • Estimated waiting times.

Outdoor spaces

When asked what features in an outdoor space were most important to you, we heard these responses:

  • 82% - Seating and benches
  • 56% - Native trees and plants
  • 54% - Private and separate outdoor spaces for visitors, family, patients and staff

You would also like to see:

  • Shaded areas
  • Shelter
  • A kitchen garden

Thank you to all who have contributed to helping build a bigger and better Ballarat Base Hospital.

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5 October 2021

Ballarat residents can now help design some of the key family spaces in the $541.6 million redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital.

The Victorian Government is calling on the community to take part in the survey and contribute to some of the indoor and outdoor areas of the redevelopment including waiting rooms and gardens.

The survey allows participants to choose which landscaping style they think would work well in the redeveloped Ballarat Base Hospital, what they would like to see in the main entrance and what would make people feel more comfortable in waiting areas. The survey is open until October 25 and is available here https://engage.vic.gov.au/ballarat-base-hospital-redevelopment 

The redevelopment will deliver a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds.

A new and expanded critical care floor will bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms, the intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms – delivering capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.

Once completed, the upgraded hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients.

The redevelopment will be completed over multiple stages, with construction of the final stage expected to be completed in 2027.

1 September 2021

Ballarat-based builder H. Troon has commenced works on the first stage of the $541.6 million redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital. 

The first stage is an early works component of the wider project and will include:

  • Construction of new pods in Ground Level of Gardner Pittard Building to support Reception, Support Services, Mailroom and Prayer Room
  • Refurbishment of  Ground Level (north end) of the Cafeteria Building for the relocation of the Spiritual Centre
  • Refurbishment of Level 1 of the Cafeteria Building to support Dietetics and Clinical Administration
  • Alterations to Level 3 of BRICC Building for Consulting Rooms

Funded by the Victorian Government, the redevelopment will be completed over multiple stages, delivering world-class facilities for our growing community.
The upgraded hospital will provide a new emergency department, state-of-the-art theatre suite and an extra 100 additional inpatient and short stay beds.

A new and expanded critical care floor will also bring together operating theatres, procedure rooms and endoscopy suites – offering the capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.

With the final stage expected to be completed in 2027, the upgraded hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and an extra 14,500 inpatients per year.

Further information can be found on the VHBA website.

 

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Environmentally sustainable development

Addressing environmental design within the Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment is a high priority. Ballarat Health Services, with the Department of Health, recognise the responsibility we have to minimise our impact, provide leadership and set a positive example to our community.

Guidelines for Sustainability in Health Care have been developed by the Department of Health to assist us to embed sustainability into health care capital works.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • Promote the principles and raise awareness of sustainability and wise environmental management
  • Provide leadership to the community and industry by demonstrating methods of delivering sustainable initiatives
  • Work closely with our employees, contractors, suppliers, clients, and the community to develop and implement environmental initiatives
  • Provide environmentally sound places for the delivery of our services
  • Adopt a pollution prevention approach to all our activities
  • Operate in an environmentally sustainable manner by reducing waste through reducing demand for, reusing and recycling energy, water and other material resources
  • Consider environmental aspects in the purchase of products and services, and endeavour to ensure the suppliers also meet high standards of environmental performance
  • Comply with relevant Commonwealth and Victorian environment legislation, Occupational Health & Safety practices, and with the Victorian Government's environmental policies and initiatives
  • Develop a monitoring program to assess our environmental performance and communicate our progress in achieving environmental management targets through annual reports distributed to stakeholders.

The guidelines and project budget ensure we achieve high-quality sustainability outcomes. Within the budget a further 2.5 per cent of construction cost is allocated for implementing sustainability initiatives to a level beyond standard practice, such as increasing the extent of renewable energy, sustainable materials or innovative technology. This allows the project to target initiatives that are tailored to the specific needs of the site, local environmental conditions, patient cohorts and community needs. This is an opportunity to be innovative and showcase to our community that sustainability is achievable.

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