Christchurch Hospital

A quick look at the Acute Services building 

This is a timelapse of the acute services building from the start of construction in October 2014 to the completion of the exterior glazing earlier this year as seen from our camera on top of Riverside.

See the progress of the acute services building from start to January 2018 from Canterbury District Health Board on Vimeo.

Plan your trip!

If you are coming to Christchurch Hospital, Hagley Outpatients, Eye Outpatients, Christchurch Women's or Labs, please remember that parking in this area is extremely challenging. Plan your trip to the hospital, and leave plenty of time to get your appointment. 

You can:

  • Use the CCC on street parking and Wilsons parking lots of which there are several located around the area, although space is at a premium. Please bring coins or credit cards for the meters. None of the meters accept notes.

  • Use the free DHB shuttle - the service now runs from the Christchurch City Council's Lichfield Street car park building located at 33 Lichfield Street. 

  • Use the bus if it is appropriate.

  • Arrange with a family member or friend to drop you off and pick you up outside Hagley Outpatients or the Main Reception at Christchurch Hospital.

Parking is going to be a challenge for the next two years with all the building projects on the way around Hospital Corner. To help ease some of the stress of coming to hospital PLAN YOUR TRIP!

See our Parking page for more information on the best ways to get to Hospital.

There are answers to some of your FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  here.

The new Acute Services building will feature a helipad.

When it's finished the hospital's state-of-the-art Acute Services building will have:  

  • additional operating theatres, 
  • around 400 inpatient beds, 
  • purpose-designed spaces for children,
  • extended radiology department, 
  • an expanded intensive care unit,
  • an emergency department, 
  • and a rooftop helipad.

Artist's impression of the Acute Services building (below) seen from Riccarton Ave.

View from Riccarton Ave

The consultants involved in the project are:

  • Architects - Katoa Health Design including Chow Hill, Warren and Mahoney and Thinc Health 

  • Quantity Surveyors – Rider Levett Bucknan

  • Project Programmers – Woods Harris Consulting

  • Structural, Geotech and Civil Engineers – Holmes Consulting

  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, 

  • Communications, Security, MTAV services - Beca

  • Fire Engineering and Fire Protection Design – Aurecon 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Acute Services Building needed?

The need for new facilities at Christchurch Hospital was identified well before the earthquakes. Back in 2008 the CDHB began to plan health facilities according to projected growth and changes in Canterbury's population by 2020, and beyond. It was recognised that with a steadily growing and steadily ageing population in Canterbury, the existing facilities would not meet demand beyond 2018. This is a key reason for the project being completed on schedule.

Has the public been consulted on the project?

Yes. Extensive consultation occurred in 2010 jointly between the CDHB and the CCC, including public notices, stakeholder engagement, several public meetings and a full public submissions process. Feedback was very positive, with 233 of 248 submissions in support of the proposals.

Who has designed the building?

A team of internationally renowned health-sector architects and health planners has worked on the designs. CDHB clinical and ancillary staff, other health providers, hospital suppliers and service providers, patient groups and some members of the public have also been involved in the design process.

Where is it being built?

The building will occupy land immediately adjacent to the existing hospital buildings, behind the existing Christchurch Women's Hospital. The land was subject to a land swap of equal parcels of land between the CCC and the CDHB earlier this year. As a result of the land swap, CCC gained riverside land and the CDHB gained land next to the hospital, including areas already built upon. 

How much will it cost?

The project is part of the Government's $1-billion investment in Christchurch's future healthcare facilities. This includes new buildings at both Burwood and Christchurch Hospital sites., including the new Outpatients.

How long will it take to build?

The Acute Services building project is on track to be completed by 2018.

Is this project separate from the hospital's earthquake repair work?

Yes. A separate team of repair contractors has been working on the earthquake repairs needed at the hospital. This work is ongoing. As much of the work as possible is done after hours or at the weekends.

Where do I find out more?

You can send an email to and one of the project team will respond. 

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Page last reviewed: 26 September 2018