The new Footscray Hospital site has been transformed, with excavation of more than 130,000 cubic metres of dirt and rock. Around 25 per cent of excavation work remains, which is expected to be completed through January, February and March.
Work on the ground slab is now underway, including construction of the concrete core, structural columns and suspended slab.
Separate hospital buildings are taking form and begin to emerge from the footprint foundations.
Eight cranes have already been installed on site with two more to be erected.
Emerging from the ground
Since the first sod was turned in March last year the focus of much of the construction work has been beneath the surface to excavate and then build the substructure of the future hospital.
In October 2021, more than 130,000 cubic metres of dirt and rock had been excavated (75 per cent of the total amount to be removed from the site).
Eight concrete slabs have now been poured. Work on the ground slab is also underway, including construction of the concrete core, structural columns and suspended slab.
Foundations have been poured and works are nearing ground level.
The new virtual engagement room
The Victorian Health Building Authority has launched a virtual engagement room for the New Footscray Hospital Project. Community members are invited to ‘meet the builder’ and learn more about the design and construction of the $1.5 billion new hospital.
Visitors to the virtual room can explore interviews with the project’s builders and experience a 3D tour of the final designs from the comfort of their home.
With information in multiple languages, the room showcases construction milestones, design images and the community that has helped shape this once in a generation project.