Dunedin Hospital redevelopment project

The Government is building a new hospital in Dunedin.


Dunedin’s new hospital to be built on Cadbury Factory site and an adjoining block.  Find out more on the New Dunedin Hospital website

The project is the result of a number of buildings on the hospital campus nearing the end of their life, including the Clinical Services Building built in 1960.

The Government will build the new Hospital on a central city site close to the existing hospital and to Otago University. The build is estimated to be completed in 7 to 10 years.

See the Indicative Business Case (pdf, 1.9 MB). The IBC contains some redactions for reasons of commercial sensitivity. 

A number of commissioned reports and assessments of current health services and structures at the Dunedin Campus informed the Indicative Business Case. They show deteriorating and inflexible facilities are impacting on the quality of care to Southern communities. They also show Southern DHB faces a number of challenges due to its size, location and demographics, including low population growth and an ageing population. They and an earlier document, the Strategic Assessment, set out a compelling case for investment in Dunedin’s hospital facilities

The documents contain redactions for reasons of commercial sensitivity, confidentiality and privacy.

The Ministry of Health is now working closely with the Southern Partnership Group and Southern District Health Board on the Detailed Business Case for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital. The Detailed Business Case will cover the detailed design, procurement, and construction phases of the project. 

The Strategic Assessment (PDF, 1.5 MB) for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital sets out the case for investment in Dunedin’s hospital facilities.

The project will ensure modern and sustainable health care services and facilities to meet the needs of the Southern community over the next 40–50 years.

While this work is underway, Southern DHB is progressing a programme of re-fits and upgrades to ensure clinical services can continue while the longer term redevelopment is carried out. More information is available on the Southern DHB website.

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