Southland Hospital

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Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design

The redevelopment of Southland Hospital began with a site masterplan analysis for the facility, and working with Australian-based Healthcare specialists McConnel Smith & Johnson, the Jasmax design team coordinated inputs from a diverse range of consultants to adapt existing buildings and infrastructure where possible. The resulting masterplan identified the need for a new Clinical Services Building, Inpatient Mental Health Unit and the refurbishment of some of the existing buildings on site.

The Clinical Services Building forms the major component of the hospital redevelopment. At 21,000sqm the floor area is substantial, however the building feels surprisingly compact for a major hospital. It provides 147 inpatient beds, a four-room operating suite and a state of the art medical imaging department incorporating digital imaging, PACS and an MRI scanner.

It is rationally designed, organised along a two-storey ‘street’, the hospital achieves optimal departmental co-locations and provides for ease of movement for staff and patients throughout the facility. Navigation is further enhanced by a central public accessway with several internal courtyards. These openings provide excellent levels of natural light throughout the space and create an environment that is friendly for visitors and patients alike.

The building was designed for infrastructural, economic and aesthetic effectiveness without compromising on either operational needs or the enjoyment and clarity provided for patients, staff and visitors. The design team worked to the premise that an inspiring environment encourages and supports wellness.

Generous pools of warm colour fill public spaces and wards, supporting people’s positive relationships with colour. While operating on an institutional scale, surface and structural detailing provides a sensory human engagement with light, space and texture.

The project was delivered in stages. Doing so minimised disruption to ongoing activities, and enabled the building to be completed under budget and on time - a considerable achievement for a project of its scale, complexity and remoteness.


  • 2006 NZIA – Resene New Zealand Award for Architecture – Healthcare
  • 2005 Property Council of New Zealand Rider Hunt Building Award – Excellence
  • he ANZ Bank Property and Construction Finance Special Purpose Property Award
Jeremy Bennett Architecture
Ronald Chin Registered Architect - Associate Principal Auckland
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Richard Harris Principal Auckland
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