Construction contract awarded for Christchurch Hospital’s Acute Services Building

Media release

23 December 2015

The Ministry of Health has awarded a $300 million contract to build Christchurch Hospital’s new Acute Services Building to Leighton Contractors.

The construction company was selected following a full tender process, which saw four responses. Work will begin on 6 January 2016.

Chair of Christchurch Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group, Evan Davies says Leighton Contractors were selected after a robust tender process.

“All of the applicants were evaluated on the quality of their previous projects, the skill and relevant experience of their staff, and their cost effectiveness,” Mr Davies says.

“The awarding of this contract is a major milestone for the project. When put alongside the work at Burwood Hospital, it amounts to New Zealand’s largest ever hospital redevelopment, as well as the biggest government project in the Christchurch rebuild.”

The foundations for the building have already been completed under a separate contract.

The new Acute Services Building is expected to be finished in mid-2018. Once complete it will house operating theatres, intensive care, radiology, acute medical assessment, and an expanded emergency department.

The new theatres will allow the Canterbury DHB to perform an additional 6,000 surgeries a year and inpatient ward blocks over six floors will provide approximately 400 beds.

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