Ministry of Health’s objective

To implement the Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) fully integrated model of care as it re-orientated its delivery of health services and responded to the impacts of the earthquakes on the Christchurch Hospital facilities.


The Outpatients Development is a five-level modern facility that brought together a number of clinical services that had been displaced across the campus by the 2011 earthquakes.  

The building houses diabetes and endocrine, oral health, ophthalmology, general consultation clinics, shared clinical support (including blood collection), departmental workspace and associated amenities. The facility was designed to be a highly flexible space enabling the CDHB to achieve the brief of ‘long life – loose fit’. 

Johnstaff’s role

Johnstaff was engaged as Project Manager following approval of the detailed business case. We managed the delivery of the full design development and two-stage contractor procurement. 

We also acted as Engineer to the Contract, managing the construction delivery, commissioning and handover of the facility from the Ministry of Health to the CDHB.

Christchurch Hospital Outpatients Development, New Zealand

Addressing the issues

A key challenge for the project was determining the most appropriate procurement model to provide cost certainty, while expediting the overall delivery programme to align with the Christchurch Hospital Redevelopment program of works at the peak of the Christchurch rebuild. Johnstaff introduced a new approach to BIM coordination and the integration of principal-designed architectural and services seismic restraints to minimise above ceiling clashes during construction on-site.

We also successfully executed a fast-tracked two-stage design, consent and procurement process that delivered both cost certainty and the earliest commencement on-site, which resulted in the new facility being delivered on time and 10% under-budget.

map of the project location

Designed and built in Christchurch, New Zealand


  • Project delivered 10% under budget

  • Provided cost certainty and ensured handover ahead of the overall Christchurch Hospital Campus Redevelopment Program

  • Finalist for the New Zealand Building Industry Awards for projects over $50m