Ko Awatea’s extension will address the increasing demand from our patients, whānau, staff, stakeholders and visitors for a broader range of learning and development options in an environment where everyone will be encouraged to collaborate and harness innovative thoughts and ideas. The new facility will reflect a culture of improvement and innovation, a space for collaboration, sharing and knowledge transfer aiming to create a safe, healthy future for our population locally, nationally and internationally.
- Flexible teaching and learning spaces for Counties Manukau Health staff, Ko Awatea staff, academic institutions and wider community use;
- Patient and whānau centred areas, designed with the input from consumers and other stakeholders to create spaces that reflect wider community needs;
- A lecture theatre for staff and community particularly relevant to the Orthopaedics Department;
- Additional carpark spaces;
- Wellness areas providing respite from surrounding activities.
Ko Awatea’s extension has been formalised against tight fiscal constraints. A limited budget, capital funded from a specifically established capital facility for the project is in place with Ko Awatea absorbing incremental costs.
Ko Awatea will extend the current facility on the existing Ko Awatea carpark area and will be three storey’s high. The first stage of construction will deliver 70 carpark spaces to enhance and increase the current Ko Awatea, Clinical Trial and Childcare Centre parking spaces. It also provides new areas that deliver respite from surrounding activities.
As with any construction activity, there will be some noise and dust, but all necessary steps will be taken to mitigate these. Access points to Ko Awatea Centre and Esme Green Building may change during the extension, but signs will be in place to ensure the ease of access and safety of patients, staff and visitors.