At the request of the Ministry of Health, Inovo was engaged in 2016 to assist the Main Contractor with the project planning and delivery of the 10,500m2, six-storey, 620-room new Outpatients Facility at Christchurch Hospital. The project was lagging significantly behind programme and Inovo worked closely with Canterbury District Health Board and the Main Contractor to realign the project sequence to meet the original completion dates.
The facility was a very technical build, with 100 different room configurations and/or functions, highly-controlled environments for the provision of blood and other sterile services, three plant rooms, and a services trench linking pneumatic tube, medical gases, steam and communication services to the main hospital and laboratory. The building has an importance level of 3 (IL3) and was designed to accommodate a high degree of seismic movement for structure, partition walls and services.
Inovo faced considerable challenges, from a significant project delay and the complex technical requirements of a hospital environment, combined with a construction site surrounded by busy inner city streets, transport and pedestrian routes, adjacent to an operational hospital, requiring particular consideration of access points, traffic management and sequencing of tasks.
Inovo redefined the project risks, specifically around the delivery phase, and established a new strategic plan that realigned the entire project sequence. From here, a new fast-tracked construction programme was developed for the Main Contractor, allowing the lost time to be recovered. Inovo continued to monitor the construction works, quality and programme through to handover, tracking progress and reporting to the Ministry of Health, while maintaining and improving communication between Canterbury District Health Board and the Main Contractor.
The Outpatients Facility was delivered by the original completion date, on budget and to an excellent standard of quality – the zero defect target at handover was successfully achieved and all commissioning and operational training was undertaken prior to Practical Completion.