Christchurch Outpatients, Christchurch Hospital

The Christchurch Outpatients building forms part of the wider Christchurch Hospital Redevelopment, which will see public health services in Canterbury delivered in a ‘precinct’ environment.

The 10,500 m2, six-storey building caters for 380,000 visitors annually. It includes shared clinical support areas, highly-controlled environments for the provision of blood and other sterile services, general and specialist consultant clinics, staff administration, offices and amenities and public spaces (reception, waiting areas, family/support rooms and a café).

The building has an importance level of 3 (IL3) and is designed to accommodate a high degree of seismic movement for structure, partition walls and services. It was also a very technical build, requiring a key focus on QA. The facility includes 620 rooms – with 100 different configurations and/or functions. There are three plant rooms in the building and a services trench linking pneumatic tube, medical gases, steam and communication services to the main hospital and laboratory.

Associated civil and site works include services, loading bays, landscaping (including the protection of heritage vegetation) and specialist vehicle access.

Access to the site was a significant challenge for the Leighs team. The Outpatients site was effectively an ‘island’ – surrounded by busy inner city streets, transport and pedestrian routes, and adjacent to an operational hospital. The Leighs team successfully managed both operational and environmental impacts through a combination of thorough methodologies, planning, traffic management, scheduling of works and stakeholder and client
communications.

“I would like to acknowledge the significant effort Leighs have expended on this project, and the exceptional quality of the end result. Your attention to detail and unending desire for quality sets you apart from a long list of contractors we have worked with. We appreciated everyone’s cool head, respectful approach and proactive action on site. This new facility is a great asset that will serve the community of Christchurch well in years to come.” - Guy Cleverley, Director CCM Architects

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Key project facts and awards

Client: Ministry of Health
Completion: August 2018

Key project facts and awards

Client: Ministry of Health
Completion: August 2018