As a world-class hub for health education, research and innovation, Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct is driving activity in Christchurch’s city centre. The developing Precinct brings together researchers, students and clinicians in one central space; all contributing to a vibrant, stimulating and productive environment.
The Precinct is based on the proven principle that co-locating clinical care, teaching and research brings many advantages, especially in the rapid translation of research findings to the clinical environment. There are several excellent, mature examples of precincts using this principle, including in Boston Massachusetts, London, Melbourne and several locations in Sydney.
Compared to some overseas examples, the Christchurch Health Precinct embraces a broader agenda, with participation from both commercial and community interests and a growing culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
A flagship entity for the Precinct is the Health Research Education Facility (HREF), currently under construction. This facility will co-locate Canterbury District Health Board, University of Canterbury, and Ara Institute of Canterbury health education and research activities. They will share infrastructure and benefit from synergies created by collaboration.
The Precinct will attract national and international research talent and funding. This is supported by significant investment in Christchurch Hospital facilities, including a new acute services building and outpatients facility. These are part of the largest health-related building project in New Zealand. Construction of the acute services building is well underway, and will include a new acute services wing, additional operating theatres, a purpose-designed space for children, an expanded intensive care unit, a radiology department and new emergency department.
Economic benefits associated with the Precinct will come from bio-medical and clinical research; health sciences education; health innovation and industry partnerships; and health-related information technology created by a range of private, academic and government organisations.
The Precinct forms a new western gateway to the city centre, with easy access to Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct, Metro Sports Facility, Hagley Park and the proposed public transport super stop.
The Precinct borders the city’s developing South Frame with its green, vibrant social spaces, cafes and restaurants.