Maternity Unit, Whangarei Hospital

Northland District Health Board

Maunu, Whangarei

Year Started:

2 Years

Project Value:

Contract Type:
Fixed Price Lump Sum

Canam was initially engaged to complete construction on this single level maternity unit, alongside upgrading of the site wide infrastructure, which included the refurbishment of an existing energy centre.

The project commenced 28 February 2014 and was completed in 4 separable portions. A combination of techniques and materials were employed, including conventional reinforced columns, precast paneling on the two east and west ends, precast beams and slabs on the first floor and roof level, STO plastered and painted masonry block walls on the southern and northern facades which sit on a concrete piling foundation. The 350m² basement was used to house the services equipment, with the linkway providing a thoroughfare between the new maternity unit and the existing hospital block.

Additional flooring for the maternity ward resumed in June 2015, and was constructed of steel skeletons, with curtain walling on the southern and northern facades, making clever use of reflective tinted glass, with the bright shades of blue on the glass standing out from the rest. Adding a degree of complication to the project, a last minute decision was made to build an additional floor (shelf only) and was also added in June 2015, as a variation to the original contract. This required a high level of responsiveness and coordination between the various disciplines especially the trades services.

Canam rose to the challenge, fulfilling the need for extra site management and supervision. The entire project, including the maternity additional floor, was successfully completed and opened on 24 February 2016. The new building is continuously creating its own uniqueness, and is a shining example of Canam’s ability to complete projects within programme and budget, whilst adhering to our high level of on site safety.