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Children's play area

Children's play area

A healing distraction for children spending time in hospital

The generous Canterbury community has raised $3.2 million to enhance the children’s facilities at Christchurch Hospital Hagley. A key feature is the Matatiki Hub, a large indoor play area adjacent to the children’s wards on Level 7. It’s all hands on deck as the play area is in its final stages of construction and fitout.

The 120m² Play Space will provide a healing distraction for children spending time in hospital. There will be cool play spaces to explore including an indoor tree and slide, as well as interactive technology, a shiny new Radio Lollipop studio and social spaces for the older kids.

A lot of people have helped to bring the play area to life, none more so than Project Managers RCP, who have donated their time and managed the project from the outset. RCP Project Manager Farran Inglis says they are proud to be involved in the project and to help Māia with its vision for Canterbury’s health system.

“The Play Space will make a huge difference to the children’s experience of a hospital stay. Credit must also go to Carsten Auer and his team at Architectus for the incredible design, and Cook Brothers Construction for pulling out all the stops to get it built on a tight time-frame and to such high quality.”

This state-of-the-art facility will provide kids in hospital with a fun and inclusive play environment away from the stress of treatment, and it will also let patients’ loved ones gather in a safe space that encourages healing and allows kids to be kids.

We want to thank RCP, Architectus and Cook Brothers Construction for generously supporting the creation of what will be a much-loved facility.

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