Wellington Regional Hospital

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Location: Wellington

Completed: 2009

Civic; Low-damage design

The upgrade of Wellington Hospital was a huge $350 million project across multiple sites and stages. The centrepiece is the state-of-the-art, seven-storey regional hospital in Newtown.

Strategically important, the hospital has been designed to withstand major earthquakes and has the largest “rattle space” of any building in New Zealand. It employs base isolation technology which will allow the hospital to remain operational after a 7.8 magnitude quake.

Due to the scale of this project we worked in collaboration with Beca consulting engineers in a joint venture, which also involved:

  • seismic assessment of several buildings for temporary decanting and strategic planning
  • alterations to the structure of the Children’s Hospital
  • seismic upgrade of the Total Energy Centre
  • alterations to main ward block at Kenepuru Hospital
  • a new psycho-geriatric unit at Kenepuru
  • significant civil engineering alterations across the site – roads, car parking, sewage and drainage

Client: Capital Coast District Health Board
Architect: CCM Architects
Contractor: Fletcher Construction Company