In 2020, Christchurch Hospital completed its new Acute Services Building at Waipapa. With two towers, the NZ$525 million building currently accounts for 10,450 square metres in building footprint and 62,000 square metres in total area, making it South Island's largest hospital building.
Since its completion, the New Zealand Government approved an additional NZ$154 million in funding for the construction of a third tower at the Waipapa Acute Services Building, to service the Canterbury District's growing and ageing population.
The new third tower will eventually include 160 inpatient beds. As demand grows, a staged approach to the fit-out is expected to be undertaken, with 64 beds initially made available.