Taranaki Base Hospital Redevelopment Stage Two

Taranaki Base Hospital Redevelopment Stage Two

The New Zealand Government has committed NZ$300 million (A$280 million) to redevelop the Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth. This is the second stage of the hospital's redevelopment. The first stage involved building a NZ$80 million acute services building and was completed in 2014. The project will be funded out of the NZ$1.7 billion set aside in the 2019-2020 New Zealand Budget for hospital upgrades and health facilities.

In 2018, four of the current hospital buildings were found to be seismically compromised. The redevelopment will provide a more resilient hospital as the new building will have its own water supply, water storage, computer systems, and medical gas supply. This means it will be capable of providing emergency care after a major disaster.

The redevelopment of the hospital will involve building a new East Wing. This new building will include:

  • an emergency department with double the capacity of the current ED
  • an Intensive Care Unit
  • a rooftop helipad
  • purpose built maternity facilities and delivery suite
  • a new postnatal ward and neonatal unit
  • upgraded laboratory and radiology services, and
  • a morgue.

Key Dates

Sep 2019 Project Announcement
Jul 2020 Contract Award
May 2021 Construction Commencement
Dec 2023 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NZ Government


Procuring Agency: Taranaki District Health Board
Successful Tenderer: Leighs Construction - ECI Contract
Related contracts:
Early Contractor Involvement services
Successful Tenderer - Leighs Construction


Dec 2019 The NZ Government issued a Notice of Information for the upcoming tender opportunity for pre-construction and construction service delivery of the hospital upgrade.
Feb 2020 The RFP for the pre-construction services contract was released.
Jul 2020 The Taranaki District Health Board appointed Leighs Construction as the preferred bidder for the project. This includes Early Contractor Involvement services and the Seismic Risk Management Plan.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
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