Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment

Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment

The Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment project aims to upgrade and expand the existing hospital. The scope of the works includes:

  • a new emergency department
  • a women and children’s hub
  • a new theatre suite
  • an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds
  • a pharmacy
  • pathology services
  • an Education and Learning Centre for Grampians Health and Deakin Rural Clinal School, and 
  • a new 'critical care floor' including operating theatres, procedure rooms, an expanded intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms.

Once completed, the project will increase the hospital's capacity by 18,000 emergency patients and 14,500 inpatients per year, with the 'critical care floor' delivering capacity for an additional 4,000 surgeries every year.

The proejct is being delivered in three stages, with Stage Three as the main works package:

  • Stage One: Decanting and Demolition works
  • Stage Two: Central Energy Plant and Support Services Building, including the new pharmacy, pathology and a education centre, and
  • Stage Three: Main Tower, including the emergency department, women and children’s hub, and theatre suite.

Key Dates

May 2018 Project Announcement
2024 Expected Construction Commencement
2027 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Victorian Government


Procuring Agency: Victorian Health Building Authority
Shortlist: Built, Icon and John Holland (Stage Two)
Successful Tenderer: John Holland (Stage Two)
Related contracts:
Architect – Main Works
Successful Tenderer - Lyons

Architect – Relocation Works
Successful Tenderer - DesignInc

Building Services Engineer
Successful Tenderer - LCI Consultants

Building Surveyor
Successful Tenderer - PLP Building Surveyors & Consultants

Constructor - Stage Two
Successful Tenderer - John Holland

Decanting Works – First Stage
Successful Tenderer - H. Troon

Fire Safety
Successful Tenderer - Integral Group

Quantity Surveyor
Successful Tenderer - Donald Cant Watts Corke


May 2018 The 2018-19 Victorian Budget allocated $461.6 million to redevelop the Ballarat Base Hospital. The funding is sourced from the sale of Victoria's share in Snowy Hydro Corporation.
May 2019 The 2019-20 Victorian Budget confirmed the Government's $461.6 million commitment to the Hospital. $5.8 million was allocated to FY2019-20 with the remaining funding to be spent out to FY2025-26.
Dec 2020 The Victorian Government announced an additional $80 million for the project, bringing the total cost to $541.6 million. This will allow a new central energy plant to be built to support the hospital.
Dec 2020 The Victorian Government released Expressions of Interest for the Architect as Principal Consultant and Building Services Engineering Consultant.
Dec 2020 The Victorian Government commenced community consultation for the project, releasing a survey for locals to share views on the development of the hospital.
Jun 2021 The Victorian Health Building Authority appointed Lyons as the principal architect and LCI as the principal engineers for stages two and three of the Ballarat Base Hospital redevelopment.
Aug 2021 In late August, the Victorian Health Building Authority appointed H. Troon to deliver the first stage of decanting works for the project.
Jun 2022 Shortlist announced for Stage Two of the project. The shortlist includes Built, Icon and John Holland.
Sep 2022 The Victorian Government released concept designs for the project.
Dec 2022 The Victorian Health Building Authority appointed John Holland to deliver Stage Two of the project.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Victoria |