A healthy sale
Christchurch’s Health Precinct has taken a step forward with the recent sale of a site destined to become a multi-storey medical services facility, proposed to have luxury recovery suites and medical procedure rooms spread across seven floors.
Ōtākaro Limited sold 36 to 44 Oxford Terrace – next to the Canterbury DHB’s corporate offices and currently being used as carparking – to Huadu International Management Group Limited (HIMG) recently.
The 1763sqm former Oxford Clinic building site is being redeveloped into a proposed medical services facility, says HIMG Chairman, Jianping Wang, a prominent Christchurch property developer.
“This is an exciting development for the city and Huadu. Huadu sees the Health Precinct as an important part of the social and economic infrastructure of Christchurch and the region delivering better health services and attracting talented people to our city.
“This project builds on Huadu’s existing commitment to the precinct and with [this] announcement we can now advance discussions with other parties wanting to be part of this project and the wider Health Precinct.
“It will assist with the ever-increasing health needs of the garden city and New Zealand for generations to come.”
Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive John Bridgman says it is a positive development for the city’s rebuild.
“This is a good outcome for Christchurch as the facility will build on the success of the Health Precinct in this important corner of the CBD.”
A consent application Huadu filed to Christchurch City Council last year proposed a seven-storey building for procedure rooms and luxury recovery suites, with spaces for retail or services on the ground floor, conference space, and basement car and bike parking.
Huadu built the precinct’s Manawa research building and is also behind an international language school in the old Christchurch court building, luxury accommodation on the Port Hills, and is building a suite of luxury apartments opposite Cranmer Square.
Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct brings together Ara Institute of Canterbury, the DHB and University of Canterbury education, training and research activities.