Modular construction method ensures building is fit for the future

Ko Awatea - The Centre for Health System Innovation

Modular construction method ensures building is fit for the future


Counties Manukau District Health Board




Middlemore Hospital, Auckland



Health & Aged Care
About This Project

This modular construction project was initiated by Middlemore Hospital to create a “strategic hub” for the Counties Manukau Health Board. It provides shared teaching spaces for AUT, MIT and the University of Auckland to encourage multi-disciplinary and innovative solutions for health systems to be developed.


Unique Aspects

Health services are ever evolving as the needs for more accessible and urgent care increase. Arrow knew the Health Board needed a long term solution where growth and movement could be incorporated easily into their business planning. Using a modular construction method allowed Arrow to help the Health Board anticipate future growth and potential restructuring. The structure and façade were built in modules that can be unbolted, disassembled and moved to another location. Extensive planning was vital because of the buildings constrained site within close proximity to the hospital, everything had to come through a 3m gate and there was no lay down area for materials. This project was completed within a tight budget and timeframe – $11M in 6 months.

Modular construction allows faster build times and more flexibility in construction. Arrow recently built Rototuna Junior and Senior schools using modular construction. You can read more about the Rototuna modular construction project here.

Arrow’s leadership with the various contractors and wider project team was instrumental in successfully achieving the project objectives. Their positive attitude and “solutions-based” focus was appreciated by the client and was a factor in the overall performance of the contractors working on the site.

Bryce Solomon
Project Director, Coffey Projects