Department of Health in talks for next stage of planning and design of new Dunedin hospital


The key stages of finalizing the design and construction of Dunedin’s new hospital are now underway.

Discussions on the contract for the inpatient building have started between the Department of Health and CPB Contractors Pty Ltd (CPB), which is the preferred respondent for a pre-construction contract for the new inpatient building at the hospital. from Dunedin.

The contribution of this construction company is important to ensure that we get the right results over the next 18 months of construction design and planning, and before construction.

“This is an important milestone in the construction of the new $ 1.47 billion Dunedin Hospital,” said Karen Mitchell, Acting Deputy Managing Director, Infrastructure.

“We entered the market with our requirements which led to three quality proposals. Throughout this process, CPB has demonstrated extensive experience in carrying out large-scale complex projects and numerous hospital developments, including the recently completed Waipapa Hospital project in Christchurch, ”she said.

Subject to a final agreement on the pre-construction contract, CPB will work with the Dunedin New Hospital project team and actively contribute to the remaining design stages, as well as the planning and costing of the construction of the inpatient building.

Further information will be available once the discussions are concluded.

Dunedin’s new hospital is the country’s largest health infrastructure project. The new hospital will have more beds (increase from 352 to 421) and its design and use of the latest technology will allow a better flow of patients around the hospital and better access to diagnostic and treatment spaces. This efficiency and reduction of unnecessary delays will be ideal for patients across the Southern region and ideal for staff.

Compared to the inpatient building, the outpatient building is smaller, less complex, and has a shorter construction time of three years. The Ambulatory Care Building (otherwise known as the “Outpatient Service Building”) follows, to a large extent, the design of the Waipapa Ambulatory Care Building in Christchurch.

In contrast, the inpatient building (the “Acute Care Services Building”) is considerably larger, more complex and will take five years to complete. Achieving this requires a highly collaborative approach with the construction industry. The appointment of a prime contractor for a pre-construction ECE phase is very beneficial to the project, allowing the contractor to proactively contribute to the design and constructability of the building, as well as the planning and construction. pricing for subsequent construction phases.

An open and competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to the marketplace via the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS) on November 26, 2020, for the early engagement of the inpatient building contractor of the New Dunedin Hospital and the prime contractor for vertical construction. The call for tenders closed on March 18, 2021, with three quality proposals received and subsequently evaluated.

Before the ECE pre-construction contract is awarded, commercially sensitive discussions will be undertaken with the CPB. These discussions involve final clarifications relating to the CPB’s proposal, to be resolved to the satisfaction of the Ministry of Health. The discussions do not create any legally binding obligations between the CPB and the Ministry of Health, which occurs when both parties perform the pre-construction contract for the JIT.

Questions and answers

1. What is an Early Entrepreneur Engagement (ECE) approach?
Early Contractor Engagement (ECE), or Early Contractor Engagement (ECI), is the involvement of a prime construction contractor ‘builder’ earlier in the process to help design and the planning of the construction of the building. This early involvement aims to reduce design and price risks. It was adopted for the new inpatient building at Dunedin Hospital following significant industry engagement and includes early participation from a prime contractor and key outsourcing companies. An ECE approach is generally attractive to prime contractors as a collaborative model well suited to large, complex and high risk projects.

Can you tell me more about the bidders – how many, were they New Zealand companies etc. ?
Three quality proposals were received and evaluated. Other details are commercially sensitive at this time.

Does the ECE / hospitalized construction contractor also get the outpatient building?
No. A separate, open and competitive procurement process will be undertaken for the outpatient building. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the construction of the external consultation building will be published later in 2021 on the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) website.

4. Are you looking for an early stage contractor for the ambulatory care building?
No. The outpatient building is small and less complex with a construction period of three years. The building has (in practice) been built before in New Zealand and it follows, to a large extent, the design of the Waipapa Outpatient Building in Christchurch. An EPE device is therefore not suitable for the ambulatory care building.

5. When does construction of the inpatient building begin?
Construction of the inpatient building will begin at the end of 2023.

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