Project Maunga Consultants Announced

July 1, 2009

Project Maunga has reached a significant milestone with the appointment of specialised consultants to work on the redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital.

TDHB Chief Executive Tony Foulkes is pleased to announce the following appointments:

  • The consultants for architecture and health planning are a partnership of Warren & Mahoney (Christchurch), Silver Thomas Hanley (Melbourne), supported by Ardern Peters Architects (New Plymouth).
  • Holmes Consulting (Wellington) and Nagel Consultants (New Plymouth) will provide structural engineering services.
  • The building engineering consultant is Beca (Auckland, with support from the New Plymouth branch).
  • The quantity surveyor consultant is Rider Levett Bucknall (Auckland, with support from the Palmerston North branch).

The appointments have come after an extensive selection process.

“I am confident we will have a great team to work with our staff and develop a fantastic new facility tailor-made for the Taranaki people,” Mr Foulkes says.

He says the appointment of national and Australian firms has been important to bring the skills and experience required for a major project such as this.  “We also wanted to support local firms by giving them the opportunity to work on this exciting project where possible.”

Project Director Ian Grant, of NCOUNTER GROUP, says the calibre of applicants was extremely high. “We’ve chosen what we believe are the best firms for the project. The consultant groups have an extensive breadth of expertise in hospital design. They bring a huge understanding of what’s required to design a modern, efficient, patient-friendly healthcare facility.”

The consultants will be involved with the project until stage one is completed and the buildings are occupied.

Mr Grant says the project is progressing well, with the formation of user groups and the Clinical Reference Group, which will provide clinical advice to the project.  The user groups are made up of Taranaki DHB staff and community group representatives. They will decide on the principles behind the design.

Work on models of care is continuing in preparation for the redevelopment. This is an opportunity to improve patient flow through better processes and supporting staff delivering care. “It’s not just a new building, it’s also a new and better way of providing services,” Mr Grant says.

Please contact TDHB Communications Advisor Krysti Wetton on 021 457 978 for more information.

About the Consultants

Architecture and Health Planning Consultants
Warren & Mahoney (Christchurch), Silver Thomas Hanley (Melbourne), with support from Ardern Peters Architects (New Plymouth)

Warren & Mahoney, in association with Silver Thomas Hanley and Ardern Peters Architects, will jointly undertake the architectural design for the re-development of the Taranaki Base Hospital.

Warren & Mahoney is one of New Zealand’s best known and most awarded practices. Examples of their work are found in most cities in New Zealand, and their health work includes Nelson Hospital and projects for Southern Cross.

Silver Thomas Hanley, of Australia, employs more than 130 people across its offices, with multi-disciplinary skills across the group and access to the latest evidence based research from around the world.

Silver Thomas Hanley has more than 30 years’ experience in the design of health care facilities and has developed an international reputation, with an extensive portfolio of projects completed across, Australia, Asia and Canada.  Projects Silver Thomas Hanley are currently involved with include Middlemore Hospital, Hastings Hospital, functional briefing and review for Lakes District Health Board, Hamilton’s Anglesea Clinic and the South Auckland Mental Health Facility. These projects all focus on providing modern, safe and efficient work environments for staff and friendly non-threatening environments for patients.
Ardern Peters Architects is a medium sized New Plymouth practice whose local directors have had significant experience of hospital work. They will contribute a wealth of local knowledge and expertise to the project, working with the other partners on the team.

Building Engineering Consultants
Beca (Auckland, with support from the New Plymouth branch)

Beca was established in New Zealand in 1918. The company has grown to a staff of 2400 in 20 offices across Australasia and Asia. The New Plymouth office has 35 staff members.

Beca has provided engineering consultancy on several DHB development projects across New Zealand, including Rotorua, Tauranga, Auckland, Middlemore and Wellington hospitals. In addition, Beca has consulted for Southern Cross, Mercy Ascot and Braemar hospitals.

The New Plymouth office has worked on major engineering projects in Taranaki including the Bell Block bypass, New Plymouth Airport’s runway resurfacing, New Plymouth's water treatment upgrade, and the Kupe gas production station.

The company will provide the design and construction observation and inspections for Project Maunga. The building services will include air-conditioning and ventilation, electrical, medical gas, plumbing and drainage and fire engineering.  Beca's New Plymouth office will supply mechanical and electrical engineering resources for site survey investigation work, as well as responding promptly to contractors’ enquiries.

Structural Engineering Consultants
Holmes Consulting (Wellington) and Nagel Consultants (New Plymouth)  

New Plymouth-based structural engineering firm Nagel Consultants has teamed up with Holmes Consulting Group to provide structural engineering services for Project Maunga.  

Holmes Consulting Group is New Zealand's largest specialist structural engineering company and has a wealth of healthcare experience of public and private projects throughout the country. Nagel Consultants is a well established local firm run by Russell Nagel, the former Taranaki manager for Holmes Consulting Group. The companies have a longstanding and successful partnership. 

Among the Taranaki projects they have completed are the TSB Stadium, the New Plymouth clock tower, Egmont Steam Flour Mill Refurbishment, Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, PetroCorp HeadOffice andthe Waitara Valley Methanol Plant.  

Nagel Consultants carried out the structural design of Puke Ariki and Holmes Consulting Group undertook seismic analyses of the existing library building. More recently, the two companies have collaborated on the New Plymouth Girls' High School Millennium Block and Yarrow Stadium projects. Both practices have previously worked on projects at Taranaki Base Hospital.

Quantity Surveyor Consultants
Rider Levett Bucknall (Auckland, with support from the Palmerston North branch).

Rider Levett Bucknall is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced quantity surveying practice.

The company has provided quantity surveying services on previous projects at Taranaki Base and Hawera hospitals. The projects have included refurbishments of the Intensive Care Unit, High Dependency Unit, Laboratory, Sterile Services and Mental Health facilities.

Rider Levett Bucknall has a successful track record on New Zealand health projects and is currently providing quantity surveying services to several DHBs in the country. The practice is also involved with hospital projects in Australia and Europe.

The Rider Levett Bucknall Project Director responsible for delivering the services from the Auckland office, Bob Buskin, will lead the team, along with Wayne Kitching from the Palmerston North office.

About Project Maunga

Project Maunga could ultimately include three stages in the total redevelopment programme which will be phased over five years. It is the first stage which is being progressed now.
The Ministry of Health will fund $43 million for stage one of the redevelopment of an estimated $80 million. The remainder will be funded by the DHB.

Stage one includes six new operating theatres (an increase of two), ambulatory elective surgery and procedure services, and a new inpatient ward block. The new operating theatres will allow more operations to be carried out. It will consolidate elective ambulatory, acute and inpatient services. There will be 152 new beds, an overall increase of 26.

Stages two and three, which are yet to be approved, are expected to include maternity, neonatal, paediatrics, the emergency department, an acute assessment unit, outpatient services and administration.

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