Christchurch Hospital

​​​Acute Services Building marks 160,000 manhours 

​The photos below compare the artist’s impression of the finished building with the progress on the western end of the Acute Services building as at November 2016. ​

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The temporary Hagley Outpatients building, on the left of the photo below, will eventually be removed. The external glass panels are beginning to be installed on the lower storeys of the new building.

With most of the main steel superstructure of the Acute Services building in place, there is nearly 4,700 tonnes of steel on site. Once the framing is finished, concrete panels and glazing will graudally encase the building and when that is complete work moves from the external build to internal fitout.​


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​​​​​​​​​The photos below show other features of the new building:

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This shows the curtain wall gradually being installed on Level 4. The glass is embedded with a ceramic compound that ​scatters and diffuses the light​​​, reducing the workload for the airconditioning system while still allowing in plenty of light.

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The view from Level 5 on the West Tower of the ASB shows the views out across Hagley Park to the Southern Alps

​Plan your trip!

If you are coming to Christchurch Hospital, Hagley Outpatients, Eye Outpatients, Christchurch Women's or Labs, please remember that parking in this area is extremely challenging. Plan your trip to the hospital, and leave plenty of time to get your appointment. 

You can:

  • Use the CCC on street parking and Wilsons parking lots of which there are several located around the area, although space is at a premium. Please bring coins or credit cards for the meters. None of the meters accept notes.

  • Park at the Deans Ave car park and use the free DHB shuttle. The CDHB does not own, run or maintain the car park. If you have a query about the car park, please contact Alan Edge at Global Edge Properties.

  • Use the bus if it is appropriate.

  • Arrange with a family member or friend to drop you off and pick you up outside Hagley Outpatients or the Main Reception at Christchurch Hospital.

Parking is going to be a challenge for the next two years with all the building projects on the way around Hospital Corner. To help ease some of the stress of coming to hospital PLAN YOUR TRIP!

See our Parking page for more information on the best ways to get to Hospital.​

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There are answers to some of your FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS​ here.

The new Acute Services building will feature a helipad.

​When it's finished the hospital's state-of-the-art Acute Services building will have:  

  • additional operating theatres, 
  • around 400 inpatient beds, 
  • purpose-designed spaces​ for children,
  • extended radiology department, 
  • an expanded intensive care unit,
  • an emergency department, 
  • ​​and a rooftop helipad.

The Christchurch development has finished preliminary design and has begun the developed design phase. This is where the design group takes the plans and completes the details of what is in the individual rooms.

Fourteen user groups have been identified and are working through this process with the design team. Developed Design is expected to end in mid-December.​

Artist's impression of the Acute Services building (below) seen from Riccarton Ave.​

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The consultants involved in the project are:

  • Architects - Katoa Health Design including Chow Hill, Warren and Mahoney and Thinc Health 

  • Quantity Surveyors – Rider Levett Bucknan

  • Project Programmers – Woods Harris Consulting

  • Structural, Geotech and Civil Engineers – Holmes Consulting

  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, 

  • Communications, Security, MTAV services - Beca

  • Fire Engineering and Fire Protection Design – Aurecon 

Frequently​ Asked Questions

Why is the Acute Services Building needed?

The need for new facilities at Christchurch Hospital was identified well before the earthquakes. Back in 2008 the CDHB began to plan health facilities according to projected growth and changes in Canterbury's population by 2020, and beyond. It was recognised that with a steadily growing and steadily ageing population in Canterbury, the existing facilities would not meet demand beyond 2018. This is a key reason for the project being completed on schedule.

Has the public been consulted on the project?

Yes. Extensive consultation occurred in 2010 jointly between the CDHB and the CCC, including public notices, stakeholder engagement, several public meetings and a full public submissions process. Feedback was very positive, with 233 of 248 submissions in support of the proposals.

Who has designed the building?

A team of internationally renowned health-sector architects and health planners has worked on the designs. CDHB clinical and ancillary staff, other health providers, hospital suppliers and service providers, patient groups and some members of the public have also been involved in the design process.

Where is it being built?

The building will occupy land immediately adjacent to the existing hospital buildings, behind the existing Christchurch Women's Hospital. The land was subject to a land swap of equal parcels of land between the CCC and the CDHB earlier this year. As a result of the land swap, CCC gained riverside land and the CDHB gained land next to the hospital, including areas already built upon. 

How much will it cost?

The project is part of the Government's recent $650-million investment in Christchurch's future healthcare facilities. This includes new buildings at both Burwood and Christchurch Hospital sites.​

How long will it take to build?

The Acute Services building project is on track to be completed by 2018.

Where will hospital visitors park during construction?

Areas at the rear of the current hospital buildings will need to be fenced off so that site works can begin. This will reduce the amount of public parking available on site.

However, it is proposed to improve the road layout at the front of the hospital, to make patient drop-offs easier. There is other public parking within a short walk of the existing hospital.   

Is this project separate from the hospital's earthquake repair work?

Yes. A separate team of repair contractors has been working on the earthquake repairs needed at the hospital. This work is ongoing. As much of the work as possible is done after hours or at the weekends.

Will it be difficult to get in and out of the hospital with all this work going on?

The project team has been working carefully with affected staff, service providers and other stakeholders to ensure that disruption will be kept to a minimum. It will be possible to access hospital services via alternative entrances to the hospital.

Where do I find out more?

You can send an email to itsallhappening@cdhb.health.nz and one of the project team will respond. ​



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