Auckland Healthcare Services


$181 million

Contract Type

Early Contractor Involvement


Jul 2003



Auckland City Hospital

A new era in patient care

New Zealand’s most complex healthcare project to date, Auckland City Hospital brought together the acute in-patient services of Auckland, Greenlane and National Women’s hospitals in a state-of-the-art 80,000 m2 facility. Unrecognisable from the clinical hospital spaces of old, the 710-bed, 3500-room complex is both a comforting place to heal and a stimulating working environment. 

Every aspect of the building is designed to enhance and promote the wellbeing of all its occupants – patients and staff alike. We worked with Auckland Healthcare Services over an 18 month preconstruction period to design the hospital around its needs (including constructing a full-sized mock up ward for staff and clinicians to view and comment on), before building the high-tech facility. 

Every aspect of the building is designed to enhance the wellbeing of all its occupants

As the three hospitals remained fully operational as the new facility was built, we worked with hospital staff to plan and execute all works to prevent any disruption to patient care.

The nine-floor, H-shaped building on a sloping and constrained site and features internal courtyard gardens and a glassed atrium link to an existing support building. Strong connections to the outside world were important for both staff and patients so the building maximises natural light. Windows in operating theatres allow staff working long hours to have a sense of their external environment. Windowsills in all wards have been lowered to enable patients to see more than the sky from their beds.

The hospital meets the service requirements of a major facility while providing a calming, healing, friendly environment.

At a glance:
•    65,500m3 earthworks
•    2700 tonnes structural steel
•    11,200m3 concrete 
•    2,500m framing timber
•    530 toilets
•    2,500 signs
•    2,800 doors
•    19,800 light fittings

Project Partners

Name Jasmax

Role Architect

Name McConnell Smith & Johnson

Role Hospital Planner