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Cranes come down at new Footscray Hospital site

Cranes come down at new Footscray Hospital site

Cranes have started coming down at the site of the Victorian Government’s new Footscray Hospital, which was said to be home to the most cranes in the Southern Hemisphere.

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Infrastructure Mary-Anne Thomas toured the site last week, where the main hospital tower has now reached its maximum height, marking the completion of structural works on the main hospital tower – the final building to be ‘topped out’ in the new health and education precinct.

“These iconic cranes have graced Footscray’s skyline for the past couple of years – and now they’ll start coming down, meaning we’re one step closer to delivering the new Footscray Hospital,” said Premier Andrews.

With the first three buildings in the precinct topping out earlier this year, the hospital’s main clinical buildings are the latest to reach the milestone, including the 10-storey inpatient unit (IPU) tower.

Multiplex Victorian Regional Managing Director Ross Snowball said topping out is a significant milestone for any project – but is particularly momentous for the Footscray Hospital given the enormity and complexity of the site.

“I commend our team and subcontractor partners, in particular our formwork subcontractor Form700, for getting us to this point,” said Snowball. “We look forward to completing this once in a generation project for Victorians.”

The IPU tower along Geelong Road will include the new emergency department, more than 500 beds and feature a garden at the end of each wing.

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The sub-acute building on Ballarat Road will include the ambulatory care precinct and clinics like allied health, clinical trials and a wellness hub with a rooftop café.

Delivering on recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health Systemthe new hospital will be home to 50 mental health beds, 16 alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD) beds, and a mental health and AOD hub.

“Our biggest hospital project under construction is now structurally complete – and in just two years, families and our dedicated healthcare workers in the west will have access to the very best facilities,” Minister Thomas said.

With more than two million hours of work carried out and more than 150,000 tonnes of concrete poured onsite to complete the structure of the new hospital, works will now focus on the façade and internal fit-out of the hospital.

To date, the project has seen more than 125,000 hours completed by apprentices, trainees or cadets, and more than 245,000 hours have been completed by disadvantaged Victorians.

Victoria’s Member for Footscray Katie Hall said the new hospital provides a huge boost to the local economy, providing new jobs and growth opportunities.

Once completed in 2025, the new Footscray Hospital will treat almost 15,000 more patients and allow 20,000 extra people to be seen by the emergency department each year.

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