Construction of new short-stay hospital gets under way

Added on by James Nimmo.

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.