Key Project Updates

New governance model to support next stages – December 2020

Late last year, a new Executive Steering Group was announced, replacing the Southern Partnership Group.

“The Executive Steering Group members provide a mix of strong clinical and industry expertise with a depth of experience and capability on health infrastructure project governance and delivery, risk management and clinical design,” Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield says.

“Local input to the project will continue to be important. In addition to a local iwi representative on the Executive Steering Group, the Local Advisory Group in Dunedin will continue to provide local advice and insights.

“These new governance arrangements for the new Dunedin Hospital project will ensure the progress made to date continues as we head into the next stages of this complex project, which will be the largest ever hospital build in New Zealand.”

See the media release on the Ministry of Health website: New Dunedin Hospital Executive Steering Group members announced(external link).

Project updates – November 2020

Early contractor engagement RFP

The Ministry of Health released a Request For Proposals for early contractor engagement for the Inpatients Building.

Following extensive consultation with the construction sector, a new innovative procurement approach is being taken. 

The pre-construction services contractor will work closely with the Ministry and the design team during the current design process. This will provide a strong basis for the build phase.

The early construction engagement contract for Inpatients is expected to be awarded in April 2021. The tender for the Outpatients build is due to be released later in 2021.

Concept design

Preliminary design is now underway following the completion of concept design, which gives an optimal layout plan for all services within both Outpatients and Inpatients, as well as integrating the hospital into the city landscape. 

Fast track consent application submitted

The Ministry has submitted an application to use the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting) Act 2020 to secure early consent for the construction of the new Dunedin Hospital.

Programme Director Mike Barns says while the team is confident consent under the Resource Management Act would be granted, the new COVID-19 Recovery Act provides a shorter timeline to achieve this.

“It’s important we have certainty on the construction timeframes for the new Dunedin Hospital,” says Mike Barns. “We’ve discussed the option of using the COVID-19 Recovery Act with the Dunedin City Council, and they understand and support the need to use the fast track process.

“We want people in Dunedin and the Southern region to have confidence in the project remaining on track, with Outpatients due to open in 2025 followed by Inpatients in 2028. Having certainty on the construction timeframes will also help to maximise job opportunities as well as the wider benefits for local businesses,” Mike Barns said.

See the media release on the Ministry of Health website: Ministry to seek new Dunedin Hospital consent through COVID-19 legislation(external link).

Demolition consent granted

The new Dunedin Hospital project today received consent to demolish the Cadbury factory buildings to make way for the new Inpatients Building.

Programme Director, Mike Barns says this is a major step forward for the project as the entire hospital site can now be cleared for the new hospital by June 2021.

“We’re very pleased consent has been granted and I’d like to acknowledge all the support from the community for the project and the new hospital,” says Mr Barns.

“We’ve been very aware of the concerns raised about the heritage aspects of the Cadbury factory. We’re taking every step we reasonably can to mitigate these.

“This includes retaining the historic Dairy Building at the south-east corner of the site. We will also undertake a detailed photographic and video building recording of the Cadbury factory buildings by a qualified heritage practitioner.”

See the media release on the Ministry of Health website: Next milestone for new Dunedin Hospital – Council grants demolition consent(external link).


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