The long-term ambition is for this to become more than just a place for health technology companies to co-locate, it will become a community of connection, inspiration, and support, through the development of the Health Tech Quadrant whereby advisory services such as commercial, intellectual property, investment, strategy, export, quality and regulatory advice are wrapped around these companies to provide the support high growth companies need to succeed.
Fully-equipped, supportive workspace
The Health Technology Centre boasts over 1,000m2 of light, spacious offices, co-working spaces, and associated facilities. We’re delighted to welcome a cluster of companies as founding tenants.
The shared facilities of the Health Technology Centre are also available for the wider health technology community to use to host meetings or events.
Beautifully restored heritage
The Health Technology Centre occupies part of the original School of Engineering, later used by the Court Theatre and Southern Ballet.
The buildings have been earthquake strengthened, and fitted with modern heating, lighting and connectivity. The building restoration has been meticulous, and heritage features have been retained wherever possible, down to student and thesbian graffiti in the rafters.
Few work spaces can boast such a direct link to the city’s history of technological innovation. You can even host a board meeting immediately above the site of New Zealand’s first television transmission.
The contemporary glass bridge was completed in 2023 for the Health Technology Centre. It was designed by Warren and Mahoney (WAM), the firm that led the second distinctive period in Christchurch architecture – the Christchurch Modern (mid-20th century). The first period is Gothic Revival, of which The Arts Centre is the largest remaining collection. About the glass:
- designed by Jonathan Coot of WAM
- inspired by the well-known painting, Cass by Rita Angus
- represents a quintessential Canterbury landscape
- Rita Angus is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest 20th century artists. She studied at the university’s School of Art 1927 to 1933. (Built in 1878, the School of Art was originally Christchurch Girls’ High, and now contains Cellar Door, the Maker Workshop, Canterbury School of Dance, Paint & Sip Studio)
- Cass was the product of a sketching trip to Arthur’s Pass with fellow artist Louise Henderson. It was her ‘breakthrough’ work, selected for the National Centennial Exhibition of New Zealand Art (1940)
In the heart of the health tech innovation ecosystem
The centre’s location in the middle of The Arts Centre has numerous advantages:
- Ōtautahi Christchurch has a strong reputation for innovation, cutting-edge technology, and collaboration between health agencies.
- The centre is situated on the edge of Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct, bringing tenants into close proximity with hospital clinicians, tertiary educators, and mana whenua.
- Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre already hosts all the ancillary services of a typical technology park, including bookable venues, a boutique hotel, and hospitality outlets.
- Being embedded in an arts centre means companies are surrounded by people with a deep understanding of creativity and innovation.
- The beautifully restored buildings are rich in a history of technical brilliance, offering a unique working environment and talking point.
Community & Ethos
A growing community full of creativity and innovation.
The Arts Centre is a special taonga dating back to 1877, which boasts the largest collection of Category 1 listed heritage buildings in Aotearoa. It is dedicated to fostering, promoting, facilitating, and encouraging interest and involvement in art, culture, education, creativity, the creative industries and education.
Step outside the Health Technology Centre to a site brimming with hospitality, venues ready for business meetings and events, and a boutique hotel for visiting clients. Catering to your many needs… it’s home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries and bars, engaging events, stunning venues and much more.
The Arts Centre's Gothic Revival buildings have been meticulously rebuilt, strengthened, and restored after the devastating earthquakes of 2010-11, all with modern heating, lighting and connectivity, everything your office needs.
Take the next step and join the community
If you're involved in health technologies and interested in becoming part of this exciting initiative, please contact Centre Manager Madeleine Martin for more information and a site visit. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Health Technology Events
AI Workshop for SMEs and Freelancers | 11 September. Find out more.
Health Tech Breakfasts | Thursdays fortnightly. Email: email@example.com
Thank you to our generous funders
Grant funding for the restoration and fit-out of the Engineering Extension and Electrical Engineering buildings was provided by:
- NZ Lottery Grants Board
- Significant Projects Fund
- Environment and Heritage fund
- Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga
- The Roger Wait and Norah Emerson Wait Charitable Trust, proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian.