• Location

    216 Daws Road, Daw Park

  • Completed

    July 2020

  • Architect

    Walter Brooke & Associates

  • Area


  • Type


  • Delivery Type

    Fixed Lump Sum

  • Duration

    6 months

  • Value

    $10M - $20M

The Repat gets revamped

South Australia’s Repatriation General Hospital, also known as the ‘Repat’, was initially used to accommodate soldiers who were returning from the battlefields. This facility built its reputation for helping families through difficult times but was closed in 2017.

After much community engagement and planning, in 2020 works commenced on the Repat’s ‘reactivation’, starting with the extensive refurbishment of two former wards, Ward 20 and Ward 18.

Schiavello Construction was brought on board to facilitate the refurbishment of Ward 20, turning it into a Specialist Advanced Dementia Unit with 12 beds. We were also given the brief to renovate Ward 18, transforming it from a disused hospital ward into a brand new, 18-bed Neurobehavioural Unit.

Both wards have now been repurposed to accommodate complex care needs, with the end goal of boosting the health services available to the population in southern Adelaide. To complete the project, we collaborated with Walter Brooke & Associates architects and the engineering team from System Solutions.

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repatriation general hospital adelaide healthcare refurbishment corridor

Creating places of care

The aim of this project was to create a centre of excellence for the care of some of the most vulnerable members of the local community.

To achieve this, both wards required partial demolition, refurbishment and fitout in order to create safe, secure and modern facilities for people experiencing the symptoms of dementia.

The redevelopment of Ward 20 delivered a therapeutic, dementia-enabling environment supported by state of the art equipment. As well as private hospital rooms, the project included upgrades to all common areas, including lounge and dining rooms. Working closely with our client, we developed a new nurses’ station, staff room and kitchen area.

As well as being physically functional, the new facilities incorporate videoconferencing and telehealth facilities so staff can share their expertise with clinicians in regional and remote areas.

Outside of the wards, extensive external landscaping works allow the grounds to be accessed and enjoyed by ward occupants and their families.

The resulting premises included fully equipped, spacious rooms with storage and ensuite bathrooms, walkways with handrails, comfortable communal areas and a welcoming supply of natural light.

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repatriation general hospital adelaide healthcare refurbishment outdoor courtyard landscape

A tight timeline for a COVID-era project

Rather than a full knock-down rebuild, both ward upgrades were based around the refurbishment of existing buildings. This meant going from base structure to highly functional new facilities.

This six-month project commenced in early 2020 and was completed within the scheduled timeline, despite the changed working conditions and general disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. We placed great emphasis on safety and hygiene, by implementing a stringent COVID-safe plan onsite.

As a team, we approached this project with care and consideration so we could ensure a high-quality delivery and a functional, attractive precinct for patients and staff.

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