NZ's First 4 Star "Green Star" Hospital to Open in Christchurch

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Forté Health will officially open a new $55m surgical hospital in the Christchurch CBD
tomorrow.

Featuring the latest patient and surgical facilities, the hospital is New Zealand's joint
100th 4 star “green star” building and the first hospital to obtain this rating.

Forté Health shareholder and Christchurch Urologist, Peter Davidson, says he, his fellow shareholders and staff are all incredibly proud of the building and the services that can be provided in Christchurch.

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The Press: A glimpse inside new private hospital

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The pillows are plumped, Sky TV is yet to be turned on and the nozzles of the unopened hand sanitiser bottles are all facing in the same direction. Christchurch's new private hospital smells like the interior of a new car. A flash new car.

Forte Health is a multimillion-dollar specialist, short-stay hospital owned entirely by surgeons. It is a three-storey, glass-encased fortress with lime-green interior frills, four operating theatres, 14 overnight beds and seven recovery recliners.

The Kilmore St hospital, born out of the closure of the earthquake-damaged Oxford Clinic, opened its doors just before Christmas and last night it housed its first overnight patients.

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Architecture Now: Seismic firsts

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Construction of a $40 million medical facility in Christchurch marks a world first in low-damage seismic-resistant design. It is the first New Zealand application of PREcast Seismic Structural System (PRESSS) technology in steel construction, and the first building to utilise an advanced damping system.

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Construction of new short-stay hospital gets under way

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Construction starts next week of a new medical facility in Kilmore Street which will house three surgical specialty groups including gynaecology, urology and orthopaedics. 

With an excess of 100 staff and clinicians, the building will be three levels-high, and include 5,100 square metres of floor space. The facility will include short-stay surgical hospital services, radiology and laboratory facilities, along with speciality consulting practices. 

A karakia will be held this Sunday, 22 July, at 9am, with Hana and Sir Tipene O’Regan blessing the site before construction begins. 

Being a hospital and specialist centre, the building is designed to withstand an earthquake that is 80 percent stronger than what a standard building is designed to.  It will be built using an innovative prefabricated seismic structural system, designed in conjunction with Professor Stefano Pampanin from Canterbury University. The building is also designed to incorporate environmentally sustainable principles.

Michael East, one of the founding medical practitioners of the Oxford Clinic and of the new hospital, says the group behind the Oxford Clinic have joined forces with a wider group of practitioners to provide an extended range of services in this new venture. 

“It’s exciting that we’re about to push the button on the build. We have relied on an extraordinary amount of goodwill to get to this point so quickly, all in the new spirit of the Christchurch recovery. 

“This will be one of the first significant sized buildings back in the CBD area. We believe it’s important for Christchurch to have a heart, so it was obvious to look for a site in the city. This hospital is tremendously positive for Christchurch; it gives the city more future proofing.” 

Orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Vincent says this new venture has allowed the groups to take an unwanted opportunity and make something positive out of it. 

“We all feel optimistic about the future of Christchurch and look forward to being an early part of the central city reconstruction.”

Construction is expected to be completed late-2013. 

The name of the new joint-venture hospital is still to be confirmed. 

The new hospital will stand at the site of the old Medlab building, at 132 Peterborough Street.  

The building, designed by Wilson and Hill Architects, will have a contemporary, highly-glazed façade providing natural light and expansive views from inside.