Construction works to expand Grampians Health’s multi-deck car park at the Ballarat Base Hospital are set to commence next month.
The Victorian Government announced earlier this year that 400 car parking spaces would be delivered as part of the $595.6 million Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment (BBHR), almost doubling the capacity of the multi-deck car park.
Works to expand the car park will start during the week commencing Monday 9 October, marking another significant milestone in the upgrade of the Ballarat Base Hospital. The expanded car park is expected to be completed by July 2024.
To enable works to commence, the hospital’s multi-deck car park will temporarily close from Monday 2 October to all visitors to the hospital including staff.
CEO Dale Fraser said Grampians Health and the Victorian Health Building Authority were working closely together to help minimise the impacts of construction while delivering this vital piece of infrastructure.
“We understand that these upcoming works may temporarily inconvenience the community including our staff and we have implemented a number of initiatives to allow those to continue to access the hospital safely during the car park expansion works,” Mr Fraser said.
“A free park and ride service from the City Oval will commence from Monday 25 September which will be similar to the service offered previously when construction works took place at the hospital. Buses will run every 15-20 minutes throughout the day, with the frequency increasing to continuous loops during peak periods. Further details will be provided as we near the commencement date of the free park and ride service.
“Staff and visitors to the hospital can also park at the City Oval for free and walk the 800 metres between the City Oval and hospital which takes about 10 minutes. I would like to thank the City of Ballarat for their support and allowing access to the City Oval while the hospital’s car park is expanded.”
Mr Fraser said the upgrade of the Ballarat Base Hospital was really starting to take shape, with construction of the first building part of the redevelopment being constructed on Drummond Street and the car park expansion works soon getting underway.
“In addition to delivering new facilities and vital clinical capacity for the hospital, the Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment will address the critical need to improving access for staff, patients and visitors,” Mr Fraser said.
“The expanded car park will result in improved traffic flow and a reduction in congestion when completed and I thank our staff and community for their patience and support during this time as we build a bigger and better hospital.”
Please find below FAQs which provide more information. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest information here. If you have any queries at all during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment team at email@example.com
What is happening?
Earlier this year, the Victorian Government announced 400 car parking spaces would be delivered as part of the $595.6 million Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment (BBHR). The expansion of the car park will almost double the capacity of the multi-deck car park.
With these works soon getting underway, the current multi-deck car park will temporarily close on Monday 2 October to allow for the expansion of the car park.
While we acknowledge these works may inconvenience the community, we appreciate your patience during this time as we endeavour to balance the impacts of construction and deliver more urgently needed parking as part of this vital upgrade to our hospital.
How long will the multi-deck car park be closed?
The multi-deck car park is expected to be closed for about 10 months to allow for the construction of the 400 car parks.
What alternative parking options are available for the community when visiting the hospital?
The BBHR team is currently finalising a free park and ride service to bus visitors from the confines of the City Oval to the hospital (similar to the service offered when the multi-deck car park was built).
Alternatively, visitors to our hospital can also walk the 800 metres between the City Oval and hospital (about 10 minutes) or continue to park in streets surrounding the hospital.
What is the schedule for the park and ride service?
Buses will run from 6am to 11pm every 15-20 minutes throughout the day, with the frequency increasing to continuous loops during peak periods (6.15am – 9.15am and 2pm-6pm)
The following drop off / pick up points at the hospital will be used:
Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) entry, located on Sturt Street, from 6am to 6pm; and
Gardiner Pittard (GP) foyer entry, located on Drummond Street, from 6pm to 11pm.
Visitors to the hospital can be dropped off at the GP foyer entry in Drummond Street upon request.
The City Oval will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patients. Please access the City Oval via Pleasant Street only.
Please note, on occasions, there may be events held at the City Oval which will result in the free park and ride bus service not being able to operate. On these occasions, we will communicate to staff and visitors ahead of time of the service not operating on those days.
Further details will be provided as we near the commencement date of this service.
Are there any costs to park at the City Oval?
No. The community will be able to park in the confines of the City Oval for free including free travel on the shuttle bus. Parking restrictions remain in place on surrounding streets.
Will patient services including access to the Emergency Department be impacted by construction of the multi-deck car park?
Works will be planned and managed to minimise impacts to patients and the community wherever possible. During all stages of construction, access to the Emergency Department will always remain open including the existing car parks directly at the front of the Emergency Department to drop off patients.
What are the parking alternatives during construction works for community members with a disability?
The shuttle bus will be accessible for those with mobility issues. People with accessible parking permits can use disability car parks on streets surrounding the hospital. Green Permits/Category 2 Permits will allow permit holders to park for twice the permissible time in an ordinary parking bay.
For further information about accessible parking permits, please click on the website links below.
What happens if expansion works take longer?
The alternative parking arrangements will be maintained until the completion of the expansion of the multi-deck car park.
How can I keep informed on the expansion of the car park and any future changes to the park and ride service?
The community can keep informed on the progress of the expansion of the car park and any changes to the park and ride schedule by visiting www.bhs.org.au/redevelopment. Any changes to the park and ride service will also be communicated via Grampians Health Ballarat’s Facebook page.
Who do I contact if I have any concerns regarding car parking during the expansion works of the multi-deck car park?
The community can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
Thank you for your support as we help build a bigger and better hospital.
We understand these adjustments may impact our visitors to our hospital and we appreciate your patience and flexibility during this time. Again, if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the BBHR team at email@example.com as the team is committed to assisting the community as much as possible during these works.