The first structure of the multi-million dollar Burwood Health Campus redevelopment has appeared on site.
Leighs Cockram JV Ltd contractors have been working on the massive raft foundations and site preparation work since January, but now steel framing for the first of three ward blocks is going up.
About 50 contractors are on site. Building project manager Bryan Spinks said that number was due to climb to 400 by early next year.
Work started on the project in January, with completion scheduled for March 2016.
In the past two weeks the first of about 30 concrete slabs have been made, each requiring a continual flow of about 160 concrete trucks to the site over 15 hours.
The slabs will be used for the structure's floors and walls.
Spinks said the hospital redevelopment was the largest building project underway in Christchurch.
Older people and rehabilitation services would be accommodated in the three-storey complex, which would showcase the latest in health design, Canterbury District Health Board project manager Shirley Butcher said.
The facility will house a nine-ward inpatients' block with 230 beds, outpatients' centre, cafe, reception area, administrative offices, kitchen and dispatch area on a 30,000 square metre footprint.
Princess Margaret Hospital, built in the 1960s, was badly earthquake damaged.
Single rooms with en suites at the Burwood facility would provide a much greater degree of privacy, and smaller staff "pods" situated throughout the wards would bring patients closer to the medical staff.
The facility would also provide trial domestic kitchens and bathrooms for patients to practice looking after themselves in a home setting before being discharged, Butcher said.
Car parking with 800 spaces was planned for the redevelopment.
- The Press
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