People & Projects


Christchurch Hospital

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We are proud to have supported the rebuild of Waipapa Christchurch Hospital, one of the largest hospital developments in New Zealand

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11 Levels


Enough steel reinforcing rod to reach from Christchurch to Melbourne


62,000m2 of building space.



Building Services Construction Drawings completed.


Number of engineers involved


Additional 6000 surgeries performed annually


Constructed to importance level four.


413 Beds for patient wards.


Ground breaking innovation hospital project.


Operating Theatres

Environmental Protection

Cold Water

Stored sewerage designs reduce potential overflow which could cause harm to the natural environment in the case of a natural disaster.

Reduces strain

on the council’s stormwater drainage system

Large amount of
for water

Sewerage stored onsite externally from the building

Designed to function as an isolated island in the instance of a natural disaster by storing large quantities of clean water and sewage.

Electrical Efficiency

System Cabling


kilometres of cabling for innovative communications

That’s close to the Length of the South Island



Fire Dampers in duct work


Fibre optic cable length


Amount of Light Fittings


Total number of Power Outlets

Majority of building loads centralised making for efficient circulation of pipes and cables.

In-patient care protection

Four Generators


of power generation to the site

in the event of an emergency.
FourGenerators v2

Each Generator is approximately




of UPS backup

Equivalent to the weight of six cars


This is sufficient power to supply approximately 1,000 domestic dwellings in the instance of a natural disaster.

Vertical Transportation


The lifts include a priority call system to improve lift performance for staff requiring to move patients quickly.




covering 600m of vertical transport across the hospital


lifts have bed carrying capabilities


lifts utilise a shaft motor


Synchronised lift with remote control helipad lighting

2 lifts are available for prioritising emergency helicopter patients.

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Self Sufficiency Features

Safeguarding an acute care unit to operate after a natural disaster.

Self Sufficiency Features

Safeguarding an acute care unit to operate after a natural disaster.

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  • Four Generators

Level One

Communication System Cabling

838 kilometres of cabling for innovative communications

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What has been the most exciting part of the project for the team?
Being a big part of the local community it was fantastic to be able to be part of a key project and the rebuild of the local community post 2011. This hospital has been one of the largest hospital developments in the country and gave us the opportunity to design its systems from the ground up in a lot of cases. Being of this scale, some of the technical issues are not commonly dealt with. At the heart of it we are engineers and love to have big problems to solve.

What challenges did the team face?
1. Services crossing a base isolation plane (is a movement joint). Isolation plans allow a building to move at one level differently to that of another. By doing this vibrations up a building can be reduced and the building is better able to deal with an earthquake. One challenge of this however is that serves that cross this plane are exposed to significant movement and flexing. Our team works to design our services systems such that they to were able to move as required and maintain the building separation after an earthquake. 2. It was one of the first large scale projects to use BIM in NZ nationally and across the world (The project was so large we had design team members in Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland, Myanmar and Jakarta). Sharing information over this range of locations was a big challenge at the time as the technology was not developed.

How did the team solve it?
We invested heavily in technology and dedicated staff to solve the issue – a lot of personal and discretionary effort to get it working.

What creative/problem solving techniques or processes do they use to stimulate/propel them to a satisfied solution as a team?
We worked to foster a collaborative culture within the team so that everyone was comfortable proposing solutions and also comfortable challenging these. Getting the best out of our amazing engineers was key. We also looked to use technology to allow us to visualise what was happening. For example we used full 3D modelling, Virtual Reality walk throughs and 3D printing of key areas to ascertain access and buildability.

Did you discover something new or notable as a team?
Engineering design is a social activity if it is to be successful. You need to bounce ideas, challenge, understand and communicate possible solutions. One of the key lessons was that we can work in multiple locations (and cultures/languages) and achieve this successfully. Yes it needs technology, good planning, leadership and a committed team approach.

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Darren King

Senior Associate Mechanical Building Services Engineer

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Karin Pasalich

Associate Director - ICT
Consulting and Technology

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Malcolm Ferguson

Building Services Engineering

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Parismita Pathak

Senior Mechanical Engineer

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Richard Walsh

Technical Director Building Services Engineer

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