The Te Whatu Ora commitment to investing in quality healthcare infrastructure has been recognised with two recently completed projects receiving industry accolades of the highest level.
Wellington’s Regional Children’s Health Service and Hospital Te Wao Nui, in the Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood Building, has been selected as the Supreme Winner in the 2023 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards. It also was awarded Excellence and Best in Category in the Warren & Mahoney Civic, Health and Arts Property Award category.
“This is a fantastic acknowledgement of the dedication of everyone involved in creating this remarkable space which has the wellbeing of tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau at its heart,” said Jamie Duncan, Te Whatu Ora Hospital and Specialist Services Lead, Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley.
“We continue to be indebted to Sir Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood. Their generosity towards supporting people with ill health or injuries brought the dream of a purpose-built, family-focused hospital into reality.”
"Thank you also to the Wellington Hospital’s Foundation and their many generous donors, organisations, and individuals who raised an additional $10m to help fit out Te Wao Nui.”
The 7,500 square metre, three story, stand-alone hospital has 50 inpatient beds, 101 outpatient beds, and provides children’s healthcare services for the Wellington region.
Taranaki’s new Renal Unit Te Huhi Raupō, was also recognised for excellence in the both the Civic, Health & Arts category and the Green Building category at the awards ceremony in Auckland on 23 June.
The facility, which has a net embodied carbon, or global warming potential, of less than zero and a neutral annual total energy use, also took out the public architecture category at the 2023 Western Architecture Awards in New Plymouth on 16 June and was named the winner of the prestigious Healthcare Design (under 25,000m2) trophy in the European Healthcare Design Awards 2023 earlier in the month.
“We’re delighted that the design of Te Huhi Raupō is being celebrated and recognised,” says Gillian Campbell, Interim Te Whatu Ora Hospital and Specialist Services Lead, Taranaki.
“From the outset, we wanted to create a building that provided a welcoming, comfortable, and patient-focused space. It also had to deliver the clinical care patients needed, be sustainable and contribute positively to the mental well-being of both patients and staff.”
“The expertise of all the designers and contractors involved, combined with Te Whatu Ora’s commitment to good design and investment in sustainability, has enabled us to produce a building that delivers on all these aspects. To have this recognised by design experts is hugely gratifying.”
Te Huhi Raupō received around $13 million in government funding as part of Project Maunga Stage 2, the redevelopment of the Taranaki Base Hospital campus. It is one of 104 healthcare infrastructure projects worth a total of $6.8 billion that Te Whatu Ora is currently planning and delivering around the motu.
“The recognition of these two healthcare facilities is also acknowledgement that Te Whatu Ora is delivering quality infrastructure that provides a positive patient, whanau and staff experience while prioritising long term environmental benefits and maintaining overall value for money,” says Jeremy Holman, Chief Infrastructure and Investment Officer.
“Getting our health infrastructure right is crucial to enable our workforce to deliver high-quality care safely and effectively for all our communities across Aotearoa. Recognition such as this is one indication that our project teams are doing just that.”
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