Full steam ahead for new West Coast health facilities
FROM WCDHB HOSPITALS REDEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP GROUP
11 October 2013
Full steam ahead for new West Coast health facilities – design team appointed
Greymouth’s new $60 million hospital and adjoining Integrated Family Health Centre is a step closer to reality with the appointment of a design team who will work with WCDHB staff to further develop initial concept designs.
Chair of the West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group, Cathy Cooney, today announced that CCM Architects and SKM Health Planners have been appointed to work on West Coast health facilities development projects in Greymouth and Westport.
“I am thrilled to be able to announce the appointment of these two top design firms,” Mrs Cooney said. “We are working to a very tight time-frame and to have secured the services of two experienced health design teams to work with us on this project is fantastic news.
“We have allowed seven weeks for the design team to come back to us with more developed designs for the new Greymouth Hospital and IFHC. This next step in the design process will provide staff the first of many opportunities to be involved.
“Once these designs are endorsed by the Partnership Group, a recommendation will go to the Capital Investment Committee and Minister of Health to gain approval to proceed to the next stage.
“As this $60 million development represents a significant government investment we need to ensure the designs are flexible and future-proofed,” Cathy Cooney said.
“I acknowledge there are various levels of approval required and it’s the job of the Partnership Group to ensure things happen on time. We are continuously planning ahead to minimise the chance of any delays to our fast-track process.
“Our sights are firmly set on delivering a modern purpose-designed, efficient hospital and IFHC to support the new ways of providing health services on the West Coast. Construction is due to start on the Greymouth site within a year and is intended to be completed at the end of 2016.
“With regard to the Buller Integrated Family Health Centre in Westport, the design team are scheduled to commence working on this facility at the same time as they are developing the designs for the Greymouth Hospital as it is important that there is coordination between these services,” Cathy Cooney said.