General News

Jul 27, 2020


“Delivering a world-class health facility for the West Coast community has been a challenging project that the Fletcher Construction team is enormously proud to have achieved.” says Peter Reidy, Chief Executive of Fletcher Construction. “Hospitals are amongst the most complex of buildings to deliver and incorporating existing equipment into a completely new build just adds to that. But it is fantastic to see the quality of this thoroughly modern and attractive new facility which will enable people of the West Coast to access the very best in healthcare provision at home within their own region.”

Project Manager Allan Shortland says the new facility has been designed for efficiency and with workspaces that co-locate logically. “The new hospital has been built for ease of entry, with a one-point-of contact admission area which will minimise delays for patients and visitors.”
He says the design makes the most of the area’s unique and beautiful environment. “The ability to utilise natural light has been a major factor, maintained throughout the building with sky lights, internal glazed courtyards and floor to ceiling windows. The exterior façade and materials were selected to mimic the environment in a way that blends into the Southern Alps on a fine day."

Three new operating theatres bring state-of-the-art surgical facilities to the Coast and part of the building is designed to an IL4 level emergency centre rating, allowing continuation of services should there be any major seismic events along the Alpine Mountain Range.
Shortland says the quality of the build required tenacity and a willingness to stay the course. “I’d like thank our team, the West Coast District Council building inspectors and our excellent sub-contractors for all their efforts towards building the region such a first-class facility.

We couldn’t be happier to be handing over this brand new hospital for the people of the West Coast to make use of for generations to come.