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Health Research Education Facility (HREF), Christchurch


As a world-class hub for health education, research and innovation, Te Papa Hauora/Health Precinct will help drive activity in the city centre. The Health Research Education Precinct will bring together a network of world class researchers, students and clinicians all located in one central space and all contributing to a vibrant and stimulating environment.


Engenium provided structural and civil engineering services for this building which is a steel framed, braced building designed for load drift and IL3 Building Standards. Founded on concrete piles constructed with Polymer technology, the building incorporates a suspended ground floor slab.


Engenium specialist services:

  • Tekla steel documentation, full modeling for digital supply of design to fabrication.

  • Shop drawn precast concrete work

  • Engineer led Base Build Design for optimal efficiency in building design and significantly reduce the documentation period.


A flagship entity for the Precinct will be the planned Health Research Education Facility (HREF). This will be a single facility where education and research activities of the Canterbury District Health Board, University of Canterbury, and Ara are co-located to share infrastructure and to benefit from the synergies created by collaboration. The Precinct will attract national and international research talent and associated funding.


Construction began in October 2016 and will be a six storey building purpose-designed and built to educate health professionals and support research outcomes.


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