The New Dunedin Hospital is likely to be the largest building project in Dunedin’s history.
At the peak of construction there will be up to 1000 workers on site.
Dunedin’s new hospital will be built on the Cadbury site and on the block next door to the North which currently contains a Wilson’s carpark.
The new site does not include the Otago Daily Times but it does include a Cadbury carpark over the road toward the Railway Station.
The new hospital will therefore take up parts of several blocks.
The New Dunedin hospital will be the most modern hospital in New Zealand, ready to serve Dunedin and the lower South Island for decades to come.
The Government has endorsed the near total rebuild, ditched the previous government’s plans for a public-private partnership, and committed to a central Dunedin location.
It also publicly committed to begin construction before the next election. The new hospital is currently scheduled for completion in mid-2026.
The Health Minister strengthened local input to the project which had been lacking. He appointed Pete Hodgson as the new Dunedin based Chair for the group providing the expertise and governance for the build – the Southern Partnership Group.
The University is now directly represented for the first time.
The Minister also established a Local Advisory Group to strengthen local input and leadership. Its membership comprises leaders of the Dunedin City Council, the Otago Regional Council, Kai Tahu and the NZTA.
The new hospital is first and foremost about our health system, but it is also the most significant capital programme Dunedin has ever seen and it will impact the city, and the University, for several generations.
The current Dunedin hospital campus is clearly inadequate – there are issues with asbestos, leaks, inbuilt inefficiencies and space shortage, all of which impacts on the delivery of good care.
To keep current health services running until the new facility is ready, the Southern DHB is undertaking upgrades and refits as part of an Interim Works programme.