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The Specialised Rehabilitation Centre, Manukau, NZ

The Specialised Rehabilitation Centre is a strategic project for Counties Manukau Health (CMH), whose vision is to provide specialised rehabilitation services from a state-of-the-art new facility located at the site next to the Manukau SuperClinic and designed to meet health services demand projections to 2035.


The scope includes an inpatient 60-bed rehabilitation facility, outpatient and ambulatory facilities, offering a range of specialities spanning all specialised rehabilitation (neurological conditions, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, multi-trauma, amputation, general rehabilitation), with the goal of encouraging independence and participation, particularly following a serious illness or injury.

The facility will also include support to outreach satellite clinics and provide tele-health consulting rooms with a range of outdoor rehabilitation spaces.


The design reflects contemporary practice as well as providing future proofing and flexibility of use for changing models of care. For instance, the ground floor therapy space has the same footprint as the Inpatient Unit (IPU) level so that it can be easily be repurposed into an IPU if the need arises.


The layout of the IPU level considers opportunities for passive observation, external views and outlook. It also allows visibility of outpatients via internal courtyards, so inpatients can see the journey of outpatient’s recovery. The design also encourages rehabilitation to take place anywhere, i.e. the inclusion of an open therapy stairs connecting each level and corridors as a circuit walking track, with rest spots and the inclusion of landscape terraces on every level for outdoor activities, to help motivate patients for a faster and more autonomous recovery.

Jasmax are the Principal Consultant (Architect) on this project with STH providing expert Health Architecture and Facility Planning.

PROJECT SCOPE: 60 Inpatient Unit beds (Spinal & Stroke) + future proofing for 30 Inpatient Unit beds, consulting and therapy spaces.