On the mend
Christchurch’s health care services took a hammering from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, with widespread damage to both public and private facilities resulting in a severe shortage of beds. Ongoing aftershocks hampered repair works, placing further strain on an already pressured system. We worked with both Canterbury District Health Board and private providers to get their facilities back up and running as fast as possible.
The state-of-the-art new Forté Health, built to replace the earthquake damaged Oxford Clinic is just one example. The three-storey health care facility houses four operating theatres, and associated recovery and consulting rooms.
Designed to withstand a 1 in 2,500 year earthquake, the Importance Level 4 building is the first New Zealand application of Precast Seismic Structural System (PRESSS) technology in steel construction. The piles are as deep as the height of the hospital and its interlocking steel frame is designed to move and absorb energy in a large earthquake. In a major disaster the hospital would be back up and running very quickly and could provide facilities for public healthcare.
A contemporary, highly-glazed façade provides natural light and expansive views from inside.
NZ’s first Green Star medical centre and one of only three Green Star health buildings throughout Australasia.
The first Green Star building completed in central Christchurch since the earthquakes, Forté Health is also NZ’s first Green Star medical centre and one of only three Green Star health buildings throughout Australasia.