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New Footscray Hospital

Footscray

The new Footscray Hospital will be an exemplary and long-lasting tertiary hospital that enables and promotes the delivery of world-class health care to the community of Melbourne’s west and the State of Victoria. Beyond its role as a medical facility, the hospital is poised to become a vital community asset that encapsulates the spirit and dedication of the local populace.

It is designed to be a hospital in and of its community; often affectionately referred to as “the People’s Hospital” in response to the campaigning and fundraising by the local community to establish the building. This passion and commitment is at the heart of the design and has been integral to its creation. Whilst being a hospital first and foremost, it will also be a catalyst for change, supporting the development of a broader health, education, research and community precinct.

The design approach draws upon the perspective of an inviting and supportive place for Footscray’s community, and a place of high amenity for all facility users. Rather than a single monolithic structure, five buildings surround a central village green, with pedestrian connections into and through the site. Buildings are scaled to suit the campus-sized precinct and massed to encourage sunlight penetration and provide wind protection to outdoor amenity. Offering a central orientation and address point for all uses, the central green space becomes a focal point and invites the community in. It is a major piece of placemaking in the city, inspired by community engagement feedback.

This new model of hospital blurs the traditional boundaries between healthcare facilities and community wellness spaces. It aims to be an inclusive environment that welcomes a diverse demographic, promoting not only physical health but also overall wellbeing. The project’s vision is clear: to redefine the conventional hospital experience by making it a more human-centered and community-integrated facility. It will be a new type of hospital, in and of its place.

Every step of the patient journey has been considered from the perspective of reducing stress, utilising views of nature to support wayfinding and orientation. The ability to immerse oneself in external spaces through many departments of the hospital enables a retreat for patients, families and staff.

The new Footscray Hospital will be functional beyond its pragmatic requirements – it’s a testament to human centred design, meticulously crafted to resonate with the people and communities it serves.

Technical Information

City
Footscray
Year
2025
In Association With
Billard Leece Partnership
Client
Plenary Health and Victorian Health Building Authority
Status
In Progress
Key Consultants
D&C Contractor – Multiplex; Structural Engineer – 4D Workshop; Building Services Engineer– Stantec; Landscape Architect– TRACT; Facilities Management Services – Honeywell & Compass; Façade – ARUP; Lighting Stantec
Builder
Multiplex
Site Area
5,100m2
Gross Floor Area
45,000m2
Photography
Renders by COX and Scharp