First look at the Victorian Heart Hospital

The Victorian government has released early designs of Australia’s first dedicated heart hospital.

Designed by Conrad Gargett and John Wardle Architects, in joint venture, the Victorian Heart Hospital will be located at Monash University in Clayton on a site adjacent to the Australian Synchrotron.

The design takes inspiration from the tree-lined university campus site, with an emphasis on opening the building to the surrounding landscape.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said, “The first designs show a world-class hospital that places patient needs and wellbeing at its very heart. It will save and change thousands of lives.”

At the time of the architects’ appointment in January, Conrad Gargett director and the project’s health design director Rebecca Moore said, “Through innovative design, this state-of-the-art environment has the potential to transform cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention by […] bringing the various occupants together in imaginative ways.”

by Conrad Gargett and John Wardle Architects, in joint venture.

by Conrad Gargett and John Wardle Architects, in joint venture.

Image: Conrad Gargett, John Wardle Architects

The proposed hospital will accommodate 195 beds, an emergency department, cardiac catheterization labs, specialist surgical and imaging facilities and tele-medicine services for Victorian, interstate and even international patients. The hospital will have capacity to provide 2,000 cardiac surgeries per year and 108,000 consultations and outpatient appointments.

It will also become a training facility for cardiac medicine, nursing and related healthcare professions.

The Victorian government committed $396 million to fully fund the construction of the $543 million hospital in its 2018-19 budget.

Early construction works will begin this year, with completion of the hospital expected in 2022.

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