A collaborative approach with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board ensured the successful delivery of design services to vital hospital facilities in Nelson.
The redevelopment of the Nelson Hospital involved a new ITU and mortuary building, new emergency and orthopaedic outpatient department, ambulance bay, new radiology department, physiotherapy pool, inpatient units and an ambulatory care unit team.
Internal circulation is by corridors or ‘pedestrian streets’, which overlook a series of courtyards and landscaped gardens. Aesthetically, these are a strong contrast to traditional hospital corridor walls, and many can be accessed by patients seeking a semi-private, attractive retreat.
The design has improved privacy in many departments, with a higher ratio of single bedrooms and ensuites in ward areas. Attention has been given to cultural and religious aspects of the hospital redevelopment which, following extensive consultation, has incorporated a chapel, family meeting rooms and stay over rooms, and a water feature in the mortuary courtyard.
The success of the project can be attributed to the significant level of consultation with staff at all levels, the use of value management techniques and the cooperative partnering approach adopted by the Board, Fletcher Construction Wellington and the consultant team.
In association with Bligh Nield Health.
Principal and Executive Director
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