After an extensive search, Lyons has been appointed as the Principal Architect, and LCI as the Principal Engineers for Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the $541.6 million Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
Stage 2 of the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment includes a new central energy plant, which includes a new pharmacy, pathology and centre for education and training. Stage 3 will deliver a brand new emergency department, a women and children’s hub and expanded critical care floor, a 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 an intensive care unit, operating theatres, procedure rooms, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms.
Once completed, the hospital will have capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients and 14,500 more inpatients, and provide capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries each year.
CEO of the Victorian Health Building Authority, Rob Fiske, said the redevelopment will support Ballarat Base Hospital to provide modern services and facilities to care for a growing local community for generations to come.
“We are looking forward to working with Lyons, LCI and Ballarat Health Services on this significant piece of regional infrastructure, and engaging with the local community to understand their priorities and aspirations for what their new hospital will look like,” Mr Fiske said.
Final designs for the project are expected to be released early next year.
The redevelopment will be completed over multiple stages. Construction of Stage 2 is expected to get underway in August 2022, while construction of Stage 3 is anticipated to commence in 2024. Construction of the final stage is expected to be completed in 2027.
The redevelopment is forecast to generate more than 1,400 construction jobs. It is also expected that up to 1,000 positions will be created at the hospital once fully opened.