Modular contractors have been appointed to help deliver the Victorian Health Building Authority’s (VHBA) $492 million Mental Health Beds Expansion Program.
Modscape and Grove have been appointed to manufacture three new acute mental health facilities in Epping, Geelong and St Albans, totalling 98 beds.
The beds will be spread across Barwon Health’s McKellar Centre (16 beds, delivered by Modscape), Northern Health’s Northern Hospital (30 beds, delivered by Modscape) and Western Health’s Sunshine Hospital (52 beds, delivered by Grove).
The $492 million investment is being delivered by the VHBA with onsite construction works overseen by Lendlease Building and is a response to a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.
A traditional build and refurbishment for a 22-bed facility will also be delivered at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Once complete, the new hospital-based beds will provide more than 43,000 days of care, enabling 2,500 more Victorians to access vital mental health services each year.
VHBA chief executive officer Rob Fiske said this important work would deliver more than 1,450 jobs during construction, including more than 230 jobs as part of the modular construction at the three sites.
Fiske added: “Developed in consultation with people with lived experience of Victoria’s mental health system, these new facilities will reduce pressure on emergency departments and deliver acute mental health services, including inpatient and community-based care to Victorians experiencing acute mental health issues from contemporary, safe, and high-quality hospital settings.”