Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Acurity Health Group redeveloping Wakefield Hospital?

Following the Christchurch earthquake, the hospital was issued Yellow Notices by Wellington city Council to seismically strengthen the building. Acurity has undertaken to totally redevelop the facility.

Has resource consent been granted? 

Resource Consent was granted in the first quarter of 2018.    

What services are being provided in the new hospital?

The hospital will continue to provide the same services.

What's happening with the old buildings?

The buildings are not heritage listed and it is not achievable to seismically strengthen the Yellow Noticed buildings. Safety is paramount so they must be demolished to make way for a purpose built health facility.  The project will acknowledge the building and its history of providing healthcare to the Wellington community since 1929.

What impact will there be on traffic during construction? 

There will be additional traffic generated. The contractor will be required to implement a traffic management plan. This will be in accordance with Wellington City Council regulations. 

Will I be able to park on-site during construction? 

Parking on-site will always be a priority for medical consultants, patients and visitors. During stage one, car parking for all patients and visitors is available at the Florence St entrance. Wakefield Specialist Medical Centre, Wakefield Gastroenterology Centre, Proactive, Podiatry, Wakefield Heart Centre, Urology Care, Specialist Vein Health and Pacific Radiology are all accessible from Florence Street. The Rintoul St entrance will still have pedestrian access and a car drop off point. Designated parking areas have been made available for for staff both on and off site.    

What is the project cost?

The estimated total end cost is over NZD $100m.

Who is designing the hospital?  

HSPC Architects are the Acurity Health Group portfolio architect. They have paired with Wellington based CCM Architects. AURECON, Wellington NZ, are the lead civil structural and services engineers. Other supporting consultants are all from New Zealand.

How strong will the structure be? 

The new building will be earthquake resilient with the installation of base isolators and slider units. It will also include accelerometers to monitor and report on the building's structural performance and integrity following a quake.  

When will construction commence and when will it be finished?

Construction of stage one commenced June 2019 and be complete March 2021. Construction of stage two will commence April 2021 and be complete 1st half 2023. The new building will be fully operational by the 1st half 2023. 

Will health services be maintained during construction?

All health services will continue to be provided throughout the construction. The staged delivery of the project will allow continuous provision of services and it will be Business As Usual for Wakefield. 

What technology will be in the new facility?

The hospital will be fitted with the latest and most advanced technology for healthcare. Discussions with vendors have commenced. 

Will the rose garden remain? 

Currently the roses are off site and will replanted at the end of the project.

Where do I find out more about the project?

You can view the project on 

Can I provide feedback?

Yes, feedback can be sent to email: d2FrZWZpZWxkZGV2ZWxvcG1lbnRAYWN1cml0eS5jby5ueg==