Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Toka Hāpai Selwyn Health Hub 
Health Project
Naylor Love Canterbury 
Canterbury District Health Board  (Client - Fitout), IKON Architects (Architect/Designer), Inovo (Client PM, Programmer), Powell Fenwick (Engineer), Rawlinsons (Client QS) 


Graeme Earl, Director of Naylor Love Canterbury, was proud of his team after winning the Health Project category at the 2022 awards. 

“It was great to see our team being recognised for their collaboration and hard work on this project. The whole team were invested from the outset in the successful completion of the facility and the final completed building reflects the strong relationships that were formed.

“The relationship between Naylor Love, Selwyn District Council, consultants, and subcontractors was a team environment. We worked cohesively with minimal cost implications to all parties involved. Selwyn District Council sponsored a roof shout/BBQ on-site during the project, celebrating success and satisfaction with the project. These initiatives were fantastic in creating  a positive working environment,“ says Earl. 


With any project like this, Graeme and the team had a few challenges to overcome during the build process. 

“This project had several challenges with additional work required to surrounding civil and road works, including accessways to a neighboring school. These challenges were advised early, well managed, and efforts were made to keep costs minimal. 

“In addition to the extra civil works, some tenant requirements had to be incorporated into the base build contract, which was advised and agreed to in a timely manner. Despite these additional works, our team completed the project within the initially set budget.” 

Judges comments:

This social services hub has been developed by the Selwyn District Council as a strategic solution to service one of New Zealand’s fastest growing regions around Rolleston.

The facility provides a flexible shell and innovative common areas to attract key tenants including Canterbury DHB, a radiology clinic, maternity ward, dental clinic, general practitioners’ office, and associated health services to be closer to their users living in the area.

The building has been elegantly modulated given its depth and its horizontal form, which has been broken down using three sloping roof forms. The detailing is crisp and well executed. Teamwork was clearly apparent, and the contract was well managed with a mature approach to Covid. The team showed agility and used their down time well. Overall, this was an excellent project.