The Government of Victoria in Australia has announced the start of redevelopment work at the Ballarat Base Hospital.

The $541.6m project will include a multi-level hospital tower, a women and children’s hub, a central energy plant, a new emergency department, and advanced theatre suite.

It will also include new pharmacy and pathology facilities, an extra 100 inpatient and short-stay beds, along with new and expanded critical care floor.

Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) is responsible for the delivery of the redevelopment project which will be completed in multiple stages.

Victorian Minister for Health Martin Foley has revealed the new artist impressions of the central energy plant and Ballarat Base Hospital’s new support services building which are part of the second stage of the redevelopment project.

The energy plant will supply power, heating, and cooling to the Ballarat Base Hospital as well as backup power during disruptions.

Located on Drummond Street, the building will house support services like an advanced pharmacy, pathology services as well as an Education and Learning Centre.

Construction work on stage one of the redevelopment project is nearly complete and local builder H. Troon is upgrading and relocating reception areas, prayer room, reflection spaces, and consulting suites.

At present, the demolition of old facilities is underway and construction of the new central energy plant as well as support services building is planned to begin this year.

Foley said: “We’ve almost finished stage one of this redevelopment and now we are getting on with stage two, ensuring the community can access modern hospital support services including pathology, pharmacy and education that will be critical to the long-term success of the hospital.”

The redevelopment project’s final stage construction work is anticipated to be completed in 2027.

Once open, the hospital will have the capacity to treat nearly 18,000 more emergency patients and additionally 14,500 inpatients per year.