Thomas Embling Hospital Expansion

Thomas Embling Hospital Expansion

Thomas Embling Hospital is a forensic mental health hospital, providing treatment for people living with a serious mental illness in, or at risk of entering, the justice system. The Victorian Government is expanding the hospital in two stages. The $338 million Stage One will increase the mental health facility's capacity by 82 beds and comprises: 

  • a 34 bed women's precinct
  • a 48 bed medium security men's facility
  • a new entry complex
  • clinical administration facilities, and
  • additional carparking.

The $124 million Stage Two will deliver supporting infrastructure and improved facilities at the hospital. 


Key Dates

May 2021 Project Announcement
Jan 2022 RFT Open
Feb 2022 RFT Close
Oct 2022 Contract Award
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Victorian Government

The 2021-22 Victorian Budget allocated $350 million for Stage One. The 2022-23 Budget allocated $124 million for Stage Two, including $11 million which has been re-allocated from Stage One. The indicative cost of Stage One is now $338 million. 


Procuring Agency: Victorian Health Building Authority
Successful Tenderer: John Holland
Procurement note:

Stage One and Stage Two of the project have both been awarded to John Holland who will deliver the project using a Managing Contractor model. 

Related contracts:
Detailed architectural design
Successful Tenderer - Guymer Bailey Architects

Detailed engineering design
Successful Tenderer - AECOM


May 2021 The Victorian Government announced funding of $349.6 million towards the Thomas Embling Hospital Expansion in its 2021-22 Budget. The estimated completion of the project was indicated as the fourth quarter of FY2024-25.
Aug 2021 The Victorian Government awarded the detailed design work to Guymer Bailey Architects and AECOM.
Jan 2022 The Victorian Government issued a Request for Tender for the project's construction contract, which closed on 10 February 2022.
May 2022 The Victorian Government, through its 2022-23 State Budget allocated $124 million for Stage Two of the project which will deliver supporting infrastructure and improved facilities. This includes $11 million which has been re-allocated from Stage One. The indicative cost of Stage One is now $338 million.
Oct 2022 Designs were released for the project, showing the exterior and interior fit outs.
Oct 2022 John Holland was awarded the contract to deliver both Stage One and Stage Two of the project.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Victoria |
Tender notices