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DHB to give former Farmers building a new lease of life

Waikato District Health Board is set to lease the former Farmers Building in Hamilton CBD as a base for several of its services that are currently spread around the city.

The DHB intends to sign a long term lease with Podium Investments Limited, the owner of the building, and is aiming to move into the site towards the end of 2017 after the building has been thoroughly refurbished.

Waikato DHB chief executive Dr Nigel Murray, explained that the building, in Alexandra Street, would house some existing clinical services, office support accommodation and create future flexibility for expansion of other DHB services.

He said: “Several of our services are located in a number of different buildings across the city that are coming to the end of their leases. It made sense to consolidate everyone into one building.

“It will not only let us manage our costs better but bringing team members together under one roof will help services work better. While our hospital is important, health services are not just about hospitals and this is an example of us extending our capability into the heart of the community.

“We are also really pleased that by bolstering the workforce in this precinct of the CBD we can give a big boost to the vibrancy of the city.”

The DHB is now talking to staff to plan which services will move into the former Farmers building.

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