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In a new 4-Star Green Star medical facility, every nook, cranny, workstation and paint surface has to conform to stringent guidelines. To achieve the level of consistency and aesthetic required, a high level of task-specific know-how is required.

Specialist health architectural firm Klein played a vital part in the new Forté Health hospital, recently opened by New Zealand prime minister John Key.

Located in the heart of Christchurch, the building marks a milestone as the first significant new building to be completed in the Red Zone since the 2011 earthquake, says Klein Architects senior associate Melanie Mason.

As a result of Klein's award-winning work within the New Zealand health sector, it was commissioned by Forté Health to complete the specialist interior fit-out, working with base architects Wilson and Hill.

An important part of the brief was to create an interior that was both environmentally sound and sustainable so a raft of initiatives aimed at making it as energy efficient as possible were incorporated, says lead architect Melanie Mason.

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"A key challenge for us was the speed of the project. Construction of the building commenced while we were still finishing design of the fit-out. The design was completed in just eight months and from start to finish the complex took only 18 months to construct, which is a remarkable feat."

The building's list of eco-friendly credentials include a large internal light well, solar-powered water heating and a smart lighting system; as well as heat-recovery air conditioning, waste reduction and a built-in energy optimising building management system.

For details, contact Klein, phone +64 9 377 7005.Website:www.klein.co.nz

First published date: 31 March 2014

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