Civic, Health & Arts Property Award Winner: Middlemore Hospital Tiaho Mai Acute Mental Health Unit

It is with great pleasure we announce this year’s winner of the Warren & Mahoney Civic, Health & Arts Property Award; Middlemore Hospital Tiaho Mai Acute Mental Health Unit, Auckland, submitted by Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Middlemore Hospital’s Tiaho Mai / ‘Shining Light’ represents a radical step-change in design for mental health in New Zealand. 

The new acute adult mental health inpatient unit harnesses the benefits of light, fresh air and connection to nature, to create a stress-reducing, healing environment. It places service users’ dignity and choice at its heart, while maintaining safety and connectedness to culture and the communities of Counties Manukau Health. 

A tikanga Māori approach to recovery is supported by the physical setting. First impressions have a major impact on the quality and speed of recovery for mental health patients. Tiaho Mai demonstrates what can be achieved when extensive community engagement and co-design inspires innovative architectural solutions.

Owner / Developer: Counties Manukau District Health Board
Construction: Hawkins
Architect: Klein
Service, Structural & Mechanical Engineer: Aurecon
Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall
Project Manager: Precon
Landscape Architects: Isthmus
Independent Commissioning Agent: Pacific Commissioning and Coordination Limited

Other winners in this category

  • Mayfair Arts and Culture, submitted by Cook Brothers Construction, RCP, Irving Smith Architects
  • Te Nikau, Grey Hospital and Health Centre, submitted by CCM Architects
  • Te Puka O Te Waka / Rakiura Museum, submitted by WSP New Zealand Ltd
  • Christchurch Hospital Waipapa (formerly Acute Services Building), submitted by Chow:Hill Architects
  • Westhaven Promenade Stage 2, submitted by Panuku Development Auckland, RCP

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