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Preparation of new Buller Health facility site to begin in early 2020

Wednesday 11 December 2019Facilities News2 minutes to read

Please attribute to Philip Wheble, General Manager – West Coast District Health Board

New Buller Health FacilityThe relocation of services located in buildings needing to be demolished to make way for the West Coast DHB’s new Buller Health facility has been completed. All services including Buller Medical Centre have been working from their new locations since Monday, 25 November.

Registration of Interest (ROI) for the procurement of a demolition contractor was issued on the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) in November and a preferred contractor for this work will be identified following completion of this process.

Demolition needed to make way for construction of the facility is expected to begin in early 2020, with construction starting around May 2020.

Construction will take around 18 months to complete, with occupancy of the new facility approximately three months after to allow time for activities such as the installation of fixtures and fittings and a full clinical cleaning of the facility.

The facility is budgeted to cost $20 million and will have a final floor area of 2,290m² with all services, storage spaces and utility areas located within the facility itself. The detailed design plan was endorsed by the West Coast DHB Board at their Friday, 1 November meeting.

The 12-bed facility has been designed to support an integrated model of care and will house a range of services including general practice, inpatients, primary birthing and postnatal care, palliative care and urgent care. The DHB’s community services, Māori health service and mental health service will also be located within the Buller Health Centre.

Clinical services will be supported by radiology and laboratory support services on the same site. The co-location of services will facilitate a collaborative approach to providing health care services, with a focus on improving the patient experience.


  • The current floor plans have a floor size of 2,290m² with an additional 68m² utility building. You can view the floor plan here.
  • You can view the 3D video of the new Buller Health facility here.
  • A full list of the services that will be provided from the new Buller Health facility is here.


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