Centre tenders sent out
Construction on Kaikoura's new health facilities look set to start before the middle of this year following tenders being sent to five construction companies.
The building firms have until March 13 to put their best prices to the Canterbury District Health Board.
CDHB executive David Meates said the companies had each been selected to tender based on their experience in health design and construction.
"We're delighted to have put this out to tender. It's been a long road to get to this point and we're extremely grateful to the community and the Kaikoura District Council for their ongoing support and commitment to see this project to fruition."
The new $13 million Kaikoura Integrated Family Health Centre will replace the old hospital facilities and provide primary care, aged care, acute care, maternity care, radiology services and trauma stabilisation.
"Kaikoura has needed this for more than 20 years and it's great to finally see some major progress as it's been a huge undertaking," Mr Meates said.
It will take a couple of weeks for the tenders to be reviewed once they close on March 13. It is hoped the successful tender will be announced by the end of March.
"All going well, demolition and enabling works could then get under way in April and construction would then be expected to start before the middle of this year."
The CDHB is also exploring what other services could be delivered at the new centre so Kaikoura patients do not have to travel to Christchurch as often as they currently do.
"We are focused on ensuring the future proofing of Kaikoura's health services both for its community and as part of being an iconic tourism destination," Mr Meates said.