Financial close has been reached on the Victorian Government’s $135-million expansion of Casey Hospital in Melbourne’s southeast.

The expansion of the hospital in the suburb of Berwick will increase its capacity, allowing the hospital to cater for more patients, more surgeries and more births. It will be designed, built and maintained by the Plenary Health consortium, comprising developers Plenary; construction company Watpac; and property management group Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS).

The 13,000-square-metre expansion includes 160 new beds, the hospital’s first intensive care unit, six new operating theatres, additional recovery capacity, a new day surgery unit, upgraded pharmacy, pathology and back-of-house areas. In addition, it will feature more than 300 new staff and public car parks, and a new front entry building that includes education and training spaces for Monash University.

The original 22,000-square-metre Casey Hospital was Plenary’s first equity investment, made soon after its establishment in 2004.

Construction on the expansion is expected to begin in the coming months, and is due for completion by late-2019.