Interest in the New Dunedin Hospital project went international with a market sounding meeting in Sydney last week.
The Ministry is taking an improved approach, holding discussions with the construction sector to get their input at an early stage, says Michelle Arrowsmith, MoH Deputy Director General DHB Performance, Support and Infrastructure.
“This thinking will help to shape how we go to market once we progress the design phase. We want to work collaboratively with the sector to successfully deliver the largest ever hospital built in New Zealand."
“We were pleased with the large turnout at the meetings in Dunedin. There was great interest and buzz about our exciting project."
"There was good engagement on some of the potential problems and how to solve them, for example, how to manage the significant number of construction workers that will be needed at the peak of the project."
Part of the presentation included a video highlighting some of the opportunities and benefits of the New Dunedin Hospital project.
It was also an opportunity for firms to ask important questions and offer suggestions.
One of the main positives to come out of the meeting with Australian firms was the willingness expressed to work in partnership with New Zealand companies, says Michelle Arrowsmith.
“The market sounding meeting in Sydney was a worthwhile trip. We had a positive meeting with a number of people from some of the well-established large construction companies who have considerable experience building hospitals."
"They had a lot of good questions and suggestions and we appreciated getting their perspective, particularly their thoughts on how important driving innovation through ICT and new models of care are."
"There was a good level of interest in our project, and a number of people said they're interested in having further conversations. It was really positive to hear them say that they're keen on partnering with New Zealand companies.”