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Construction of the hospital could start in October

Construction work on the first of twin buildings comprising the new Dunedin Hospital will begin in early October, if fast-track consent is granted.

The Ministry of Health, which has already obtained approval for the earthworks and foundations, has now submitted its application for the main structure of the six-storey outpatient building, where simple same-day procedures and pre- and post-consultations will be carried out. postoperative.

“The ambulatory building is both the smallest and the least complex in terms of design and construction,” the consent request states.

“It is however the building which is most urgently needed to replace/supplement the dilapidated facilities of the existing Dunedin Hospital.”

In 2018, the ministry decided to build the outpatient building – which will be located at the northern end of the downtown site – first to meet these needs, and to open it by the end of 2025.

It has yet to submit applications to build the largest hospital building on the site of the former Cadbury factory, the bridges that will connect the two buildings or a logistics centre.

The application stated that starting the outpatient building as soon as possible would keep the hospital project on schedule.

“Neither the application nor any of its supporting technical reports relied on the future development of the hospital building or the logistics center,” the application states.

“While these buildings will eventually form part of the completed new Dunedin Hospital project, this application seeks consent for the outpatient building as a stand-alone facility.”

The final design for the Ambulatory Building is a five-story building with a sixth floor with a factory above.

It has a total floor area of ​​15,574 m² and a maximum building height of 26.1 m: the factory enclosure on the roof will rise an additional 6.26 m.

Services that will be provided in the building will include allied health care (including dental, occupational therapy and rehabilitation services), prenatal care, day surgery procedures, elective radiology, laboratory and collection of pathologies.

The building will also house administrative staff, retail space, warehouses, laundry and staff quarters.

The architectural report said the design and layout of the building had been a collaborative process between the design team and mana whenua.

The ministry also intends to achieve a five-star Green Star rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council: if successful, it would be one of the few such health facilities to achieve this result.

The application included extensive studies of how the proposed building might shade surrounding streets or obstruct views of surrounding suburbs.

“The building casts less shadow on the pedestrian environment compared to the permitted height envelope of 20m and the effects of building wind on pedestrian amenity have been minimized where possible.

“The building will therefore minimize adverse effects on the view of the city skyline and maintain and enhance the amenity of the streetscape in accordance with the assessment questions.”

Construction would begin with the erection of a steel frame, followed by a composite steel floor and frame and poured concrete slabs.

All rooftop plant equipment would be placed after the concrete roof deck was poured and before the exterior walls were closed.

“Once the primary structure is in place, the facade elements… will be attached to it at each floor level.”

The finished building would be surrounded by terraced gardens, extensive tree plantings and low levels, as well as a series of landscape features and four carved reclaimed wood pouwhenua.

The ministry expected the construction project to add $106 million to Dunedin’s GDP, boost household incomes by $60 million and create 987 FTE positions.

The application is examined under a fast-track procedure put in place for projects deemed to contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery, and will be heard by an independent panel.