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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:18am

View across work site in early morning, truck with high arching hose pours concrete, spread by workers in hi-vis

More than 300 cubic metres of concrete have laid the foundations for a fresh start on health in Selwyn.

The first concrete pour for the floor slab of the new Selwyn Health Hub took place on Wednesday last week.

Over three hours, 55 concrete trucks poured 330 cubic metres of concrete at the health hub site on Norman Kirk Drive in Rolleston. It is the first of three concrete pours that will see the ground floor in place for the hub.

The Canterbury District Health Board has partnered with the Council as the primary leaseholder for the health hub, with Pacific Radiology confirmed as a further leaseholder.

The hub will comprise a primary birthing unit, plus DHB community health services and will sit alongside a General Practice, radiology and other community health and social services.

The $14.8 million building will be paid for through commercial investments, which will see rent from tenants covering the cost of the building.

Mayor Sam Broughton says the project is a long-term boost to the district.

“The Selwyn Health Hub is providing new services and space for medical services without the need to travel to Christchurch. It compliments existing medical centres and pharmacies and sets us up for the future growth of the district.”

The building is on track at this stage to be completed in March 2021, when it will be handed over to the lease holders to fit out, before opening later in the year.

As Selwyn recovers from the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Selwyn Health Hub and other major Council infrastructure projects underway across the district will be an important part of the long-term recovery by creating jobs, and by improve wellbeing and keep making Selwyn a great place to work, live and play, he says.