Major city builds could stretch resources

New Zealand and Australian flags fly from the crane invoved in the construction of the Dental School in Dunedin on Anzac Day. PHOTO: Gregor Richardson
ACC last week confirmed it was planning a new building for the 500 staff it wants in Dunedin, and the organisation expected to be able to announce a preferred site within months. Photo: Gregor Richardson
The news Dunedin is set for another major construction project close to the time of the $1.4 billion Dunedin Hospital build could mean issues in a city already facing shortages of skilled labour.

The man in charge of overseeing the hospital build, Southern Partnership Group chairman Pete Hodgson, said he had not been able to glean much information from ACC on the details of the build.

Pete Hodgson
Pete Hodgson

But the labour problem - there is expected to be a serious shortfall in skilled labour needed for the new hospital - was something the ACC project might exacerbate.

ACC last week confirmed it was planning a new building for the 500 staff it wants in Dunedin, and the organisation expected to be able to announce a preferred site within months.

Possible sites had already been identified.

Chief executive Scott Pickering said he hoped to get building work started as soon as possible, perhaps before the new hospital.

He said it was possible the construction workforce for the ACC building could move to the hospital build once it was done.

Mr Hodgson said this week the further stretching of labour resources would be an issue.

''Whether it's going to be big, medium or small I just don't know.''

He said it appeared ACC did not yet have detailed plans for its building programme.

A thoughtful and sensitive approach will be needed when designing Dunedin’s new hospital. IMAGE:...
There is expected to be a serious shortfall in skilled labour needed for Dunedin’s new hospital. IMAGE: SUPPLIED

It was possible health facilities might go into the new ACC building.

He said although the ACC building was expected to house 500 people, and was therefore not a small building, it was ''a mere office building'', something much easier to build than a hospital.

david.loughrey@odt.co.nz

Comments

This can only be more great news for Dunedin. There has been very little commercial building in Dunedin since the 1980's. The university being the only entity keeping local construction ticking over.
We need more new jobs and new commercial buildings facilitate that.

The last thing Dunedin needs is projects being delayed or cancelled just because the new hospital might rise from the ground one day. The hospital project is fast becoming the 10 ton bully sitting in the corner. Already we see they want to seriously damage Dunedin traffic flow for all time because they will be building between two busy roads and they want one for a construction zone. If the hospital costs more because they need to bring tradies to Dunedin then so be it.

So much proscastination in this city! Let's do it ..yes we will need more tradies. we also need more accommodation, expansion is inevitable. Bring more opportunities for everyone that lives here temporarily and permanent. And go ACC more offices more jobs more people getting the help they need

"Possible sites had already been identified".
Where?, does the public have a say?.

 

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