Medical complex perfect fit on Bealey
Taking pride of place along the medical mile of Christchurch’s Bealey Avenue, construction of the city’s newest medical complex is underway and due for completion by the end of August 2018.
When Jonathon Hague, director of Christchurch development company Buildwell Developments Ltd, was looking for a suitable piece of inner city bare land on which to site a new medical complex he could not have found a more perfect location.
Surrounded by a wide range of medical and health related practices along Bealey Avenue, including Southern Cross Hospital, Pegasus Health 24 Hour Surgery and Sports Med, the new complex will be known as 212 Bealey Avenue Medical Complex.
Complementing the existing medical and health related services along the medical mile, the new complex will be home to a 24 Hour Unichem Pharmacy along with a well known nationally branded dental practice when it opens its doors to the public for the first time.
A further 253sqm of space within the complex is still available for lease to medical or health orientated practices, with the space available easily adaptable for multiple tenancies.
Jonathon says that after a year going through council, the construction phase of the project commenced in mid February with Justin McDonald’s construction company Tort Construction heading the main carpentry work.
Designed by Christchurch’s CoLab Architecture, noted for its philosophy of timeless designs, the new single storey medical complex incorporates the features of good lines, strength and functionality into is 570sqm frame.
“The medical complex that we’re building is quite architectural,” says Jonathon. “It’s an absolutely stunning building and is being built to 120% over-and-above code. A steel skeleton holds it all together providing real structural strength.”
He says getting the building to a high level of strength was a particular design consideration given that it is a purpose built medical complex. “If we ever had another severe earthquake this building is designed to move, its absolutely bullet proof.
“Some of the steel structure will be exposed. There is a large steel beam running horizontally along the top front of the building. We can all relate to steel as a symbol of strength and the exposed beam reinforces that look.”
Jonathon explains that the clean look of a medical facility will be enhanced through the use of finger-jointed cedar, painted white, as the building’s external cladding.
“We’re using cedar because it is a lightweight material and it can move. You know this building will still look very good in 10 years time.”
A covered alleyway will lead from the medical complex through to the 24 Hour Surgery’s carpark that sits directly in behind our complex.
24 on-site car parks allows for ample parking for customers visiting the medical facilities
With 28 years experience in the construction industry, starting as a 16-year-old apprentice and founding his own business at 20, Jonathon prides Buildwell Developments on always doing a good job and doing it well. “I always wanted to be a builder and it’s nice to be able to create something.
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