The New Dunedin Hospital project team is continuing to make good progress and the design stage has ramped up with a number of key appointments to the design team, says Michelle Arrowsmith, Deputy Director-General DHB Performance Support and Infrastructure.
“The Ministry is now working through the concept design phase which will give more certainty around what the hospital will look like and how it will operate.
“The next tranche of design team and project consultants have come together this week in Dunedin to discuss how to take the project to the next stage and to start demolition planning for the Cadbury factory site.
“These appointments follow a comprehensive tender and evaluation process led by the Ministry with input from Southern DHB and independent design and construction experts.
“The location of key project staff in Dunedin was a key consideration as this is important to the project’s overall success. The consultants will operate from either a Dunedin or Christchurch office.
“Resource Coordination Partnership have been appointed to the Design Manager and Project Manager roles. RCP is one of Australia's largest independent project management consultancies with 35 years of experience.
“Structural Engineering will be overseen by Holmes Consulting. Beca will be responsible for Building Services Engineering and Fire Engineer and Protection.
“Hydrology/Flood Assessment will be done by Stantec New Zealand, who have also been appointed to the Traffic Engineer role. Town Planning will be conducted by Boffa Miskell.
“A seismic site assessment will be carried out by Brendon Bradley of Bradley Seismic Ltd.
“WSP Opus will be responsible for the demolition property and building survey, and Underground Overground Archaeology continues to provide heritage advice.
“The existing architecture and health planning team at CCM/Jacobs/Destravis have been retained to the end of 2019 to support the new designers to validate the Site Masterplan and take it to the next level of detail, Concept Design.
“Also this week, demolition started on the first building. Scope Group is demolishing two derelict buildings on the Cadbury car park site for health and safety reasons. This is just a small project, expected to be finished next week, with the main demolition works due to get underway in early 2020.
“The Ministry is also continuing to progress site acquisition negotiations to source the required final land plots. 174 Castle Street was purchased at the end of last year. More recently, the property occupied by MIDAS has also been purchased in the Wilson car park block.”