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Palmerston North Hospital

Strategic Property Plan

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Project Information

Destravis was engaged to deliver a Strategic Property Plan for MDHB.

The objective of the Strategic Property Plan for Palmerston North Hospital is to guide the future approach to redevelopment at the Palmerston North Hospital (PNH) in a way that meets the service delivery requirements across the MidCentral DHB through until 2026 and which supports the identified requirements for post disaster service delivery on the campus. The planning focus targets the facilities on the Palmerston North Hospital campus, but gives consideration to proposed changes in models of care service delivery approaches on and off campus, all of which may impact the Strategic Property Plan.

It is envisaged that the design of the new facility will combine a strong sense of Maori culture with the clinical needs of patients, their whanau and staff. The proposed redevelopment on site offers opportunity to improve the relationship with the environment, maximise access to natural light wherever possible, and use natural materials and tones offering comfort and protection to all those working within the building.

The overall approach incorporates all health services on the campus, including ambulatory care, mental health, cancer care, child health and various clinical support services, with the purpose to improve the access and efficiency of the service delivery as a whole. The planning response acknowledges the concurrent implementation of an integrated model of care; anticipates the progressive redirection of some services to the primary care network and other localities; and has developed options accordingly.

A detailed analysis of service needs and facility requirements informed the direction and development of the Plan including a high-level Schedule of Accommodation. The Plan offers a sustainable future planning response characterised by adaptability and flexibility to respond to changing need and demand levels in the short, medium and long term. The staged approach towards realising a long-term vision allows the MDHB to deliver service enabling infrastructure in a strategic, fiscally responsible way.


MidCentral District Health Board


Palmerston North, New Zealand



Project Scope:

Whole campus Strategic Property Plan

Destravis Role:

Principal Consultant / Lead Planner Condition Assessment Stakeholder Engagement Health Facility Planning Master Planning