A local project management firm in Australia has bagged the contract to manage what it says is the largest and most complex hospital building project in New Zealand.

In its latest announcement, Sydney-based management consultancy Thinc says it has been appointed to project manage the redevelopment of Christchurch Hospital, which lost 106 beds and suffered extensive damage to 1,200 rooms during the February 2011 earthquake.

Despite the damage it sustained, the hospital played a critical role in treating casualties of that event.

Already the largest tertiary hospital on New Zealand’s South Island with the busiest emergency department in Australasia, the remade hospital will feature eight new operating theatres, a new expanded intensive care unit and emergency department, purpose-designed space for children, inpatient wards and new outpatient facilities.

The redevelopment is happening at the same time as the separate remake of the nearby Burwood Hospital. When work on Burwood is complete in 2015, the hospital will include a new facility for health that includes nine 24 bed wards and adult rehabilitation.

For Thinc, the latest win builds upon a number of major healthcare construction projects in which the consultancy is involved. Thinc’s work in in Australia includes work on the $1.2 billion New Children’s Hospital in Western Australia and project management work for the $1.2-plus billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Queensland.

Brad Richardson, managing director of the company’s health division, welcomed the latest contract win, saying the redevelopment would deliver positive health outcomes for the city’s residents.

“We are delighted to be supporting the New Zealand Government and Canterbury District Health Board to transform Christchurch’s health sector,” he said.

Enabling work for the redevelopment is set to take place this year, with the development set for completion in early 2018.