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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health and Fletcher Construction are pleased to have reached a settlement on the Te Nikau Grey Hospital build project.

The Ministry, Fletcher, and West Coast DHB have together committed to speeding up the final stage of the project so the new hospital can open as soon as possible. This work is an essential service during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

Karl Wilkinson, Director Health Infrastructure says everyone involved is working closely together to finish the new hospital so the West Coast community can benefit from this new facility.

“The Ministry and Fletcher Construction worked together to agree a settlement. It’s good to have this resolved so we can all focus solely on finishing the hospital. While we can’t disclose any details of the settlement, there are clear milestones which need to be met.

“We’re expecting the building will be finished in mid-May allowing the DHB to then commence its 10-week migration process. The timeline of this process will be dependent on the COVID-19 response and how that progresses over the coming months.” 

Fletcher Construction General Manager Buildings, Gary Walker, says the new hospital is a critical project for the West Coast community and a timeline to its completion is extremely welcome.

“Working together on a plan to complete this project is the outcome that everyone wants. We know that when it is up and operational, this hospital will be an asset that will continue to deliver for generations to come.”