Mercy Hospital

Completion Date

July 2022

3D model used to help medical staff to visualise a new ICU fitout.

We completed a three-bed intensive care unit fitout for post-operative patients in an existing ward at Mercy Hospital in Dunedin. This involved working in a live hospital environment to remove asbestos, install medical gas, nurse call and emergency systems, and replace joinery.

Our Design team took the lead with the ECI on this project. This included leading consultant coordination sessions and using Revisto BIM collaboration software to produce a 3D walkthrough, enabling end users and department heads to review the developed design. With major potential for clashes with the multiple services in the limited ceiling space, this proactive design work also eliminated the need for rework once we were on site.

Working in a live hospital required constant communication with the staff, informing them of contractors due on site, expected noise, crane lifts and potential shutdowns. We carefully scheduled the most disruptive work over the hospital’s Christmas and Easter breaks. With the new ICU on the first floor, we installed a scaffold up and over the building to allow external access to the site, keeping contractors and materials out of the hospital’s lifts and stairwells.

There were supply issues across a variety of materials, including a six-month lead time for the client-supplied medical pendants. The specialist installers travelled over from Australia, so it was critical that everything was on track for their arrival.

The spacious new ICU enables Mercy Hospital to expand their capacity for more complex surgical procedures.


Categories: Dunedin, Health, Pre-Construction, Projects & Interiors