$500m for Christchurch hospitals

The Government has announced:

Cabinet has approved the redevelopment of the Canterbury District Health Board’s hospitals with a final plan due back by the end of the year, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew announced today.

“This project will be the largest hospital build in the history of New Zealand’s public health service and includes fast tracking the design of Burwood Hospital redevelopment in the eastern suburbs,” Mr Brownlee said.

“The total cost is expected to be more than half a billion dollars, with a final price tag confirmed in December.

Now that the central city plan has been largely agreed to, I suspect we’re going to see a number of large construction projects finalised. The university also needs a fair amount of repairing or new buildings

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