Collingwood Medical Centre

Project: Medical

Location: 132 Collingwood Street, Nelson

Value: $5.7 Million + $2.8 Million Fit out

Contract Period: 12 Months

Consultants: Arthouse Architects


This three storey medical centre development in the heart of Nelson provides approximately 3300m² and 28 on site carparks allowing medical practitioners who were spread all over the city to co-locate. The construction included fit-out works for Radiology and Orthopaedic tenants. Situated in the middle of Nelson City made the site very tight with laydown space a premium. This was a particular challenge given the structure was predominantly precast panels, concrete double tee flooring and structural steel. 

Other challenges with the project included the lack of available lifting gear in the form of cranes and having to absorb significant changes to the structural design after commencement and following the Feb ’11 Christchurch Earthquakes. Our ability to react to changing structural demands was paramount to the successful delivery of the project.

The fit-out packages, in particular for Nelson Radiology Ltd, required Gibbons to work in and around some very highly technical and sensitive equipment. We were commissioned by NRL to relocate their CT scanner from its existing premises to the new facility. 

Design began in 2008 with the client wanting a modern, sustainable building, but ‘not just a box’. Planning and circulation design fully explored many options and eventually the central point of entry with two ’wings’ was agreed upon as the most efficient use of the site.

Inspiration was taken from the pattern of DNA strands and the concept of one layer protecting the next. Orientation of glazing, solar shading and structural elements has been developed to work in tandem with the mechanical heating and cooling ensuring a comfortable low energy use building. Opening windows have been included where possible to give tenants the option of fresh air or mechanically cooled air. Solar shading, double glazing and high levels of thermal insulation will work together to keep the building cool in summer and warm in winter.