The Ministry of Health’s New Dunedin Hospital project team continues to make progress on a number of key project areas, says John Hazeldine, MoH’s DHB performance and infrastructure chief advisor.

“A number of procurement activities are underway, including engaging a heritage consultant, town planner, and independent quality assurance services.

“The Ministry’s project team is also progressing its site acquisition activities to source the final land blocks for the new hospital.

"This week, a property has been purchased in the middle of the Wilson’s block, and negotiations are progressing constructively on a third property which we hope to purchase early in the New Year.

“The project team is also progressing the demolition process for two derelict buildings on the Cadbury car park site. It is anticipated that these buildings will be removed in January 2019 for health and safety reasons.

“The Ministry is also liaising with Dunedin City Council and Heritage New Zealand on site clearance considerations regarding the listed buildings on site.”

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