The government of New Zealand has granted approval for the developed design stage of a NZ$72m ($46m) outpatient centre to be built in Canterbury.
The design process is in progress, with early concepts and preliminary design completed in two months.
The next step in the developed design stage, such as detail of room layouts, will be initiated this month.
The new five-storey outpatient centre will be located in the Health Precinct on St Andrew’s triangle, opposite Christchurch Hospital.
Final design and construction timeframes are expected to be confirmed in the next few months.
Scheduled to be completed in 2018, the new facility will provide 10,500m² of facilities for outpatient and other clinical services such as diabetes, endocrine, ophthalmology and dental.
New Zealand health minister Jonathan Coleman said: "The government is committed to ensuring that Canterbury DHB is well placed to continue to deliver high quality services.
"Patients and staff will benefit from having so many key services brought together in a purpose-built facility.
"Clinical leaders are having a high level of involvement in the design to help ensure the space is well utilised.
"The approval of the new outpatient facility is a significant milestone in what is already the largest hospital redevelopment project in New Zealand’s history.
"In total, close to NZ$1bn ($646m) is programmed to be spent in coming years on a range of new and / or redeveloped health facilities in Canterbury."
The outpatient building is being funding through the Christchurch Hospital Redevelopment Project and Canterbury DHB’s programme of works funding.
Design and construction of the facility will be overseen by the Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group.
Canterbury DHB currently has various major construction projects underway, with a new integrated family health centre in Kaikoura, a new health hub in Rangiora; the NZ$650m ($420m) redevelopments at Burwood and Christchurch and a new operating theatre and acute assessment unit underway in Ashburton.
Image: The new outpatient facility to be built in Canterbury is expected to be completed in 2018. Photo: courtesy of the government of New Zealand.