As a world-class hub for health education, research and innovation, Te Papa Hauora/Health Precinct will help drive activity in the city centre. The Precinct will bring together a network of world class researchers, students and clinicians all located in one central space and all contributing to a vibrant and stimulating environment.
The overall planning for the Precinct has been informed by international best practice, based on the assumption that the co-location of clinical care, teaching and research will bring many direct advantages especially the rapid translation of research findings to the care environment. There are several mature working examples internationally including the aggregation of health care facilities and medical schools in Boston Massachusetts, around University College in London, the Parkville Precinct in Melbourne and in a number of locations in Sydney.
Compared to some overseas examples the Christchurch Precinct embraces a broader agenda, with commercial and community interests expected to participate and a strong culture of innovation and entrepreneurship expected to emerge.
A flagship entity for the Precinct will be the planned Health Research Education Facility (HREF). This will be a single facility where education and research activities of the Canterbury District Health Board, University of Canterbury, and Ara are co-located to share infrastructure and to benefit from the synergies created by collaboration. The Precinct will attract national and international research talent and associated funding.
This will be supported by significant investment in the Christchurch Hospital facilities, including the Acute Services Building (ASB) and new Outpatients which are part of the largest health related building project in New Zealand. The ASB part of the hospital redevelopment is already 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 a new emergency department.
The ASB facility will be close to the Precinct and a new outpatient facility, due for completion in 2018, will be managed by Canterbury District Health Board. All facilities will be within walking distance of the main hospital site.
Additional economic activity in the centre will be generated through bio-medical and clinical research, health sciences education, health innovation and industry partnerships, along with health-related information technology created by a range of private, academic and government organisations.
The Precinct will form 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 will be close to the South Frame which will provide vibrant social spaces with cafes, restaurants and gathering places.