Acurity Health Group, an operator of private hospitals in New Zealand, has appointed Hawkins Construction as the lead contractor for the $100m-plus redevelopment of Wakefield Hospital in Wellington.

The appointment was made following a competitive tender process in which three major construction companies participated.

Acurity Health Group CEO Dr Jonathan Coleman said: “In awarding the contract it was paramount to look at the team and how they intend to construct the building, including their methodology as they work around a live operational hospital that will continue to provide services throughout the build.

“Hawkins has an impressive track record of delivering modern health facilities throughout New Zealand and it’s great to have such a reputable company leading the construction of this significant project.”

Hawkins Wellington regional manager Matt Wilton said: “Hawkins is excited about being chosen to be involved in the project. We bring significant experience in this sector and the benefit of our excellent relationships with our supply chain, which will help to ensure the project’s success.”

Upon completion, Wakefield Hospital is expected to be one of the country’s safest and most technologically advanced hospitals.

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It will include a base isolated structure, six extra-large digital operating theatres, a cardiac catheterisation lab and endoscopy theatre.

The theatres will feature 4k Ultra High Definition capability and AirFrame cleanroom technology to provide superior clinical environments for patients and clinicians.

Patient experience is also expected to be transformed with private rooms, which include ensuite bathrooms, deluxe finishes and natural filtered light.

The plans also include undercover drop off and additional onsite parking.

Acurity Health Group’s real estate partner Vital Healthcare Property Trust (Vital) said that it looks forward to the redeveloped Wakefield establishing itself as the pre-eminent facility in the region.

Coleman said: “The awarding of this contract is another significant milestone in the redevelopment of the largest private healthcare facility in the region.

“Construction is due to begin immediately and Hawkins’s expertise and commitment to the project will allow us to remain at the forefront of private surgical facilities in New Zealand.”

Acurity Health Group, in partnership with Vital, has also begun work on the expansion and upgrade of Royston Hospital in Hastings.