The new Footscray Hospital project, tipped to open in 2025, is the largest single health infrastructure investment in Victoria.
Honeywell will act as the facility services provider for the $1.5 billion development. The partnership includes the provision of hard facilities management and the installation of building management products, including the Honeywell Forge Enterprise Performance Management software to help with efficiency and security, backed by a 25-year service contract.
As reported in Australian Design Review, the new hospital has an architectural design team led by Billard Leece Partnership and Cox Architecture. It will have more than 500 beds, enable care for almost 15,000 patients and allow an extra 20,000 people to be seen by the emergency department each year. It will also deliver more outpatient, palliative and mental healthcare services.
Honeywell Forge will allow the new Footscray Hospital to conduct condition-based maintenance to reduce unplanned reactive work and lower energy costs with a machine learning solution that continuously studies the building’s energy consumption patterns and automatically adjusts to optimal energy saving settings without compromising occupant comfort.
Honeywell will also protect the OT environment with a suite of cybersecurity solutions to proactively monitor and maintain its systems, including cybersecurity monitoring and remote management.
The new hospital, located on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads, is being delivered as a public-private partnership. Western Health will be the public operator of all clinical services and Plenary Health consortium has been contracted by the Victorian Government to finance, design, construct and maintain the hospital for 25 years following construction completion.
The Plenary Health consortium comprises Plenary Group as sponsor, investor and asset manager, Multiplex as builder, Honeywell and Compass Group as facilities and maintenance manager and Sojitz Corporation as investor.
“Our team is focused on creating a seamless facility management experience that allows the Footscray team to have better insight into the facility’s performance to drive continued improvement that starts with the construction process,” says Keith Fisher, vice president and general manager of services at Honeywell Building Technologies.