Work on the new acute services building at Christchurch Hospital has reached the half way point, with completion set down for the end of 2018.
The facility will provide services for all patients needing short term treatment for severe injury, illness, an urgent medical condition or recovery from surgery.
On a tour of the nine-storey facility, CPB Contractors operations manager David Grehan said the next milestone would be completing the roof.
About 400 workers were on site. That would increase to up to 600 in about three months when the project was at its peak.
The first three levels of the building will house most of the hospital’s acute facilities including the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, operating theatres, radiology services and an acute medical assessment unit.
Two ward blocks will be built over the six upper floors. Space for a third block to provide 140 more beds will be left for development in the future.
A paediatric unit, bone marrow treatment unit and a Child Haematology Oncology Unit (CHOC) will be in the new building.
About 50 percent of the rooms would be singles with ensuites. Others will have eight beds with sliding doors between each bed.
Progressive Care Units will have eight beds around a central staff station.
The acute services building will be built to the highest earthquake standard (180 per cent of code) with base isolators that would absorb up to one third of the impact from a seismic event.