CIMIC Group’s construction arm CPB Contractors has secured a NZD300m ($196m) contract from the New Zealand’s Ministry of Health to build an acute services building (ASB) at Christchurch Hospital.

The new 62,000m² ASB, which will be built over two and a half years, will adjoin Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

CIMIC Group executive chairman Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: "Across multiple markets, population ageing and growth are driving social infrastructure investment, which is creating opportunities for CIMIC and CPB Contractors."

The new facility will include an emergency department and operating theatres, an expanded intensive care unit, children’s facilities, a radiology department and a rooftop helipad.

"Construction of the new ASB facility is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018."

CPB Contractors managing director Román Garrido said: "Delivering new and upgraded health infrastructure is a core capability for us and we are committed to working with our clients to deliver outstanding healthcare solutions.

"Following a competitive tender process, our team has worked with the Ministry of Health under a pre-construction services agreement to develop the project’s construction methodologies, programme and cost.

"The process has captured innovations and savings, which will enhance efficient construction."

Construction of the new ASB facility is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.

The development is part of the NZ Ministry of Health’s NZ$650m redevelopment of Christchurch and Burwood hospitals.