Christchurch Hospital redevelopment project

Cantabrians are benefiting from one of the largest hospital redevelopments in New Zealand’s history with an investment of approximately $1 billion.

A new hospital at Burwood opened in 2016, a new Outpatient facility opened in January 2019 and the new ‘Waipapa’ Inpatient Building at Christchurch Hospital opened in November 2020.

Bordering the expansive landscape of Hagley Park, Waipapa is a state-of-the-art $550 million acute services building which occupies the land immediately adjacent to the existing hospital buildings.

Waipapa’s new facilities – in particular, patient bedrooms – have outstanding views and natural light which contribute to patient recovery and a supportive working environment. Future clinical service needs have been incorporated using modular planning to support adaptability, and it has been built to allow for a third tower (Tower C) which will further increase bed capacity.

  • Tower A – General Surgery wards, Vascular, Stroke, Children’s medical, Children’s Haematology and Oncology Centre (CHOC) and the helipad.
  • Tower B – Neurology and Neuro Surgery, Children’s Surgery, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer support, Oncology, Orthopedics and General Surgery.
  • Tower C – The Government approved a third tower on 7 November 2020 at $154 million. This will eventually include a further 160 inpatient beds to meet future demand for services and continue to deliver high quality care.  As all the beds won’t be required immediately, a staged approach to the fit-out is being taken, with 64 beds available initially. This is expected to be fully complete by late 2024. Read more on the Beehive website.

Waipapa has significant seismic protection and has been built to Importance Level 4 (IL4) standards the highest level for a building designated to an essential facility that needs to be up and running after a disaster. Together with 129 base isolators, there is lots of seismic bracing, gaps in the stairs to allow movement and special joints in the pipes that run services such as hot water, steam and air conditioning.

View Waipapa map (PDF, 81 KB).

The hospital’s energy supply is also getting a significant – and sustainable – improvement. Two new 7.5Mw capacity biomass boilers are expected to be operational early in 2022 as part of a new $54 million Energy Centre on Antigua Street. These boilers will improve Canterbury DHB’s resilience and environmental sustainability and replace its current coal-fired boilers. The boilers use sustainability produced wood biomass which is a renewable resource, affordable and will emit far less carbon dioxide than conventional fossil fuels.

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