Projects, Victoria

Largest number of cranes on site in Melbourne’s west

The $1.5 billion new Footscray Hospital is starting to take shape.

Ten tower cranes support the 150 people working on the hospital’s construction site with the Premier Daniel Andrews commenting on the sheer number of cranes working at the hospital.

The post by the Premier on social media platform Linkedin said, “The new Footscray Hospital has the most cranes on any construction site across the entire country. As well as hundreds of construction workers making it all come together. Footscray Hospital is the biggest health infrastructure investment ever made in Victoria. And it’s going to make a huge difference for Victorians in the west.”

The new Footscray Hospital will replace the current hospital on Gordon Street, which was built in the 1950s. Set to open in 2025, it will support the growing population across Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Operated by Western Health, the new hospital will have more than 500 beds, treat almost 15,000 additional patients and allow almost 20,000 extra people to be seen by the emergency department each year. There will also be more outpatient, mental health, palliative care and surgical services.

The hospital is being delivered as a public-private partnership, with the Plenary Health consortium – comprising Plenary, Sojitz, Multiplex, Honeywell and Compass – contracted by the Victorian Government to finance, design, construct, and maintain the hospital for 25 years following construction completion.

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