Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha Canterbury
Various dates, 2020–2023
Minimised disruption with proactive communication and risk management.
Naylor Love have completed various projects at the Christchurch Hospital campus between 2020 and 2023, including:
- Panel remediation works
- Stair 4 strengthening
- Loading dock relocation
- PC2 lab & café fitout
- Riverside panel strengthening
The Covid-19 pandemic posed multiple obstacles for the hospital, as they had to manage healthcare demands, contain the spread of the virus, and continue with their upgrade plan. Our team collaborated closely with the hospital to maintain the operation of our construction sites, while swiftly developing site safety plans tailored to mitigate the risks.
Despite the constraints of tight construction spaces, we upheld an exceptionally high health and safety culture throughout. Our site teams consistently made sure the areas were kept clean and featured clear signage. Critical work zones had numerous potential risks, such as tie-ins and repositioning of some services, but we managed these effectively through proactive communication with the delivery team, hospital operational team, and the client delivery management team.
The strengthening works involved several challenging tasks, such as noisy operations, significant vibrations, and the transportation of large steel pieces to a site with limited space. Despite these difficulties, our team was able to successfully coordinate with the hospital to minimise any disruptions or risks. In addition, we took great care to ensure the vibrations caused by our seismic works did not affect any sensitive medical devices.
In addition, our Estimating team worked closely with the supply chain to keep Te Whatu Ora informed about procurement risks, such as shipping delays and material supplies. They provided multiple price and availability updates to ensure accurate lead times and costs were presented.
We are still on site on the Christchurch Hospital campus, building a new multi-storey car park and the third tower on the east end of the Waipapa building.