Northside Clinic - St Leonards

How do you build and clad another level on top of an operational health facility without disrupting the running of the facility or disturbing the staff and patients? This was the project brief for the Northside Clinic in St Leonards, and our clients, Erilyan.


Utilising a Design for Manufacture and Assembly approach, Austruss' scope included prefabricated facade panels to the top level to match existing facade panels and top level prefabricated wall and roof framing to sit on an existing roof slab.


See the project video below by our clients, Erilyan.


Key DfMA benefits offered by Austruss were:

  • prefabricated facade panels to the top level were installed without scaffolding to the exterior of the building or internal access to the multi-storey operational facility. The prefabricated facade panels with box window detail were framed offsite, assembled and clad on site at ground level, lifted into place and fitted from the existing roof level

  • prefabricated facade panels to the top level were designed to extend above roof level to double as a safety handrail during construction

  • prefabricated light gauge steel wall frames and roof trusses used for the top level reduced load on the existing structure

  • DfMA limited preliminary site costs, truck movements, waste and numbers of trades on site, avoided needing to scaffold the whole building and avoided needing internal access to the building thus limiting disruption and disturbance to the operational facility




Below are some images of the process of assembling the prefabricated facade panels with box window detail on site and then lifting into place and fixing from the interior of the building to avoid the need for scaffolding over the existing 7 storey building.