The construction of Auckland University’s $116 million Medical School – opposite Auckland City Hospital in Grafton – is now in full swing.

The work will be headed by Hawkins Construction, whose aim is to move the School of Medicine and its School of Population Health from the University’s Tamaki Campus and the Auckland District Health Board support building.

With its construction site sitting at the bend of Park Rd and Park Ave, the 6-storey new building, totalling up to 19,500sqm, will be completed with two underground levels.

“The upper three levels will accommodate office and open plan activities; the middle levels will be dedicated to student-focused activities – including flat-floor teaching spaces – and the lower ground floor will be dedicated to clinic space,” according to Hawkins.

The School is projected to be finished by January 2020. Hawkins has also gained the contract to spearhead the University’s engineering building, which is estimated to cost $170m. The 11-storey building is now in the making and is due to be in use in 2020.

Australian company Downer EDI gave Hawkins $55.4 million to cover the transaction earlier in the year.

The price of the deal was initially held back in March. When Downer’s annual report got published in August, it showed that the company had paid $52.6m, including an acquired $2.8m in cash.

During the period of the acquisition, Hawkins had a negative working capital of $16.3m, which led to Downer’s charitable support of $71.7m.