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
  • a new 'critical care floor' including operating theatres, procedure rooms, an expanded intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms
  • a helipad, and 
  • 400 new car spots. 

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: A new multi-level tower (the Main Tower) which includes a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, a theatre suite and procedure rooms, and an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds.

Key Dates

May 2018 Project Announcement
Apr 2023 EOIs Open
May 2023 EOIs Close
Dec 2023 Expected Contract Award
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 - Central Plant Construction) Built, Icon, John Holland, and Multiplex (Stage Three - Main Works)
Successful Tenderer: Built (Stage Three - Main Works)
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

Fire Safety
Successful Tenderer - Integral Group

Quantity Surveyor
Successful Tenderer - Donald Cant Watts Corke

Stage One - Decanting Works
Successful Tenderer - H. Troon

Stage Two - Central Plant Construction
Successful Tenderer - John Holland


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.
Mar 2023 The Victorian Government announced an allocation of $54 million toward a helipad and 400 new car spaces not previously included in the project's scope. It is unclear whether the funding is an additional commitment or a reallocation of the existing budget.
Apr 2023 The Victorian Government opened Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the main works contract for Stage Three of the project, closing 4th May 2023.
May 2023 The Victorian Government shortlisted four bidders, Built, Icon, John Holland, and Multiplex, to deliver the Stage Three - Main Works component of the project.
Feb 2024 Built were awarded the contract to deliver Stage Three - Main Works for the project.