Stanford House refurbishment project progressing well
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6 September 2013
 
Design work for the regional forensic mental health unit Stanford House refurbishment programme is now well advanced says Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) facilities manager Grant Hood.
 
Mr Hood says as soon as the design work is completed, a contractor will be engaged to price and run the job.
 
He says gathering competitive local pricing is a big part of the project and once this has been completed, the WDHB’s committees and board will consider it carefully before approving the project.
 
Mr Hood says a user group which includes an architect, Stanford House staff and service users has been set up to assist with the design stage of the project. The group is meeting on a regular basis.
 
No refurbishment or decoration has been carried out at Stanford House in the 22 years since it was commissioned in 1991.
 
The Stanford House refurbishment is expected to cost around $1.2 million – a great deal less than the $3.5 million cost of the Te Awhina upgrade which involved significant structural alterations.
 
“While the building is well maintained, it needs to be brought up to today’s standard,” Mr Hood says.
 
“The Te Awhina upgrade has had a very positive impact on their staff and service users. I have no doubt we will see the same thing happen at Stanford House.”