Powell Fenwick has a wide range of hospital, retirement village and healthcare facility experience across all engineering disciplines.

Having successfully completed numerous healthcare facilities, Powell Fenwick has a good understanding of the demanding engineering requirements of such projects.

Some of our recent projects include St Georges Hospital, Christchurch Women’s and Day Surgery, Forte Health, Canterbury Charity Hospital and numerous other projects for the Canterbury District Health Board. Many of these projects involved altering existing buildings and working in with an operating hospital. Careful planning ensures minimum disruption during construction and commissioning.

We have an in-depth understanding of the various considerations to be made when it comes to healthcare facilities, including:

• Ease of maintenance

• Energy efficient solutions

• Life cycle costings.

St George's Hospital (Christchurch)

Powell Fenwick has been the engineering consultant for St Georges Hospital for over 15 years. Subsequently, a number of our engineers, across all disciplines, have gained significant expertise in hospital services.

The St Georges Hospital development included the following:

  • Day surgery expansion – new theatres
  • Day Surgery energy Centre and generators
  • Consultant rooms
  • Canon Wilford clinical block- theatres and wards
  • Multi-storey car park building and consultant rooms
  • Stage 2 four-storey clinical block –currently under construction
  • Stage 3 four-storey clinical block – currently under design
  • Theatre refits
  • Siteworks and drainage redevelopment.

The development has a number of innovative aspects including an IL4 base isolated design for one of the key buildings, with all services designed to continue operating after a significant earthquake, as well as artesian ground source heating and cooling systems to provide high efficiency heating and cooling. Due to the long operating hours and associated heating and cooling energy demands, the artesian ground source systems were demonstrated to provide a simple payback of 4.5 years when used in conjunction with air source plant providing the required redundancy.

Forté Health (Christchurch)

Powell Fenwick completed the mechanical, hydraulic and Green Star Accredited Professional engineering services for the Forté Health building. The Forté Health building achieved a 4 Star rating and was the first building to achieve a Custom Tool rating in New Zealand. Further to this, it was also the first medical facility to achieve a Green Star rating and only the third in Australasia.

Powell Fenwick worked very closely with the NZGBC to develop this first custom tool. This was all completed and the rating achieved in conjunction with a fast track design and construction process where the Green Star design tool work only commenced at the early stages of construction. The whole hospital project including design, consenting, construction and commissioning was completed in less than two years. Green Star energy modelling demonstrated that the building energy consumption was approximately 30% lower than a typical hospital design due to the various design approaches including air source hot water heat pump heating and heat recovery systems on the larger fresh air systems.

Nurse Maude (Christchurch)

Nurse Maude in Christchurch  is a multi-million dollar, multi-staged Rest Home and Aged Care development. It comprises a new Aged Residential Care wing and a new commercial kitchen and laundry wing. The Aged Residential Care building includes provision for dementia care, standard bedrooms and common areas.

Construction is occurring within an operational site, with key services needing to remain operational. Constructability is a key factor.

New Zealand Blood Centre

The New Zealand Blood Centre was a $27M project completed for Ngāi Tahu in 2015. It is a highly serviced building and Powell Fenwick was involved with the Electrical, Mechanical, Fire, Civil, hydraulics services and refrigeration. The project was designed and delivered on time to meet programme and construction required very little change to the design.

Canterbury Charity Hospital

Powell Fenwick completed the Electrical, Hydraulic, Mechanical, Fire and Structural engineering design for the new two-storey west wing that was added to provide additional theatre space, an endoscopy unit, a dental unit, more consulting rooms and additional educational/research facilities.

Canterbury District Health Board

Powell Fenwick has completed the engineering for a number of projects for the Canterbury District Health Board, including:

  • Avon generator Commissioning – 1000kVA generator
  • Parkside substation - 3xtransformers, 11kV switchgear
  • Emergency Department expansion – expansion and refit of the entire department
  • X-ray machine installations – Christchurch Public
  • Burwood Hospital administration block and Orthopaedic ward
  • Burwood Hospital generator
  • Riverside MSB Replacement
  • Essential DB essential submains installation
  • Parkside MSB essential section replacement
  • Princess Margaret H Block redevelopment
  • CDHB new Emergency Department
  • CDHB Parkside Chiller replacements
  • CDHB Burwood Hospital Surgical Orthopaedic Ward
  • Christchurch Women’s
  • Christchurch Hospital – Parkside