The Frankston Hospital redevelopment project is well and truly underway with the naming on Tuesday (1 February) of the preferred bidder, Exemplar Health consortium.
Exemplar will now enter into exclusive negotiation with the state government to design and build the multi-storey expansion that will accommodate 120 extra beds; operating theatres; rooms for mental health and oncology services; maternity, obstetrics and paediatric wards; women’s clinic; special care nursery. It will also have a multi-storey car park.
Committee for Greater Frankston CEO Ginevra Hosking said the announcement was a key milestone for the $605 million project that “will create 1700 jobs during construction and massively add to Frankston’s thriving health and education precinct when it is completed in 2025”.
“The committee congratulates the state government, local MP Paul Edbrooke and Peninsula Health for their unrelenting determination in driving the project forward and overcoming the hurdles of pandemic restrictions,” she said.
Ms Hosking said Frankston Hospital was an inspiring story: “This year marks its 80th anniversary and the community and generations of volunteers can be proud of raising the funds to build a 30-bed country hospital that has grown to serve a population the size of Canberra.
“This has been enhanced by the recent opening of the new academic and research building Ngarnga Centre where Peninsula Health and Monash University are training our next generation of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
“We hope to see plenty of Frankston and Carrum Downs businesses involved in the hospital project and its ongoing operations. We are keen to introduce innovative local companies to the state government and the preferred bidder.”
Exemplar Health consortium consists of Capella Capital as sponsor and investor, Aware Super as investor, Lendlease Building Contractors as builder, and Honeywell Limited and Compass Group Healthcare Hospitality Services as facilities and maintenance managers.