Ashford Hospital is one of the largest private hospitals in Adelaide, South Australia and a member of the Adelaide Community Healthcare Alliance (ACHA).
The hospital planned a significant upgrade that would include patient facilities, hospital infrastructure in addition to new theatres, and recladding the exterior of the building for a better performing and modern finish.
Ashford Hospital is 67 years old, and this is the first major upgrade in almost 40 years.
Schiavello Construction held the head contract, and SA Construct was contracted to replace the exterior cladding using ASKIN ViviD panel with non-combustible Volcore.
Challenges and Solutions
As well as updating the exterior with a new look, the hospital required the old cladding to be replaced with a product that met today's building codes, fire performance and insurance requirements.
As a result, ASKIN's ViviD panel with Volcore was selected based on its non-combustible core, concealed fixing system and ASKIN's ability to manufacture and deliver within budget and time frame.
SA Construct Project Manager, Brian Cvetinovic said he recommended ASKIN Panel for this project because of the unique concealed fix system, and because 'they could deliver within a quick turnaround’.
The benefit for the building was they now have a fire-rated panel while giving the hospital a new look. Yes, I would work with ASKIN again, they helped out on every level," said Brian.
Removal of the cladding took some time and a lot of detailed planning, with each panel being removed piece by piece. Daily tasks were set to ensure that each panel that was removed was replaced on the same day.
It was important that Ashford Hospital continued to operate as usual while works were undertaken.
The ViviD panel in Seamless profile, made from COLORBOND® steel in the colour Basalt®, was manufactured in 3-metre lengths and installed horizontally and vertically.
Ashford Hospital now has a modern and refreshed building. Staff and patients now have peace of mind that the building materials used meet the relevant building codes and provide a safe place to work and receive their medical treatments.