ARA Group completes a major ‘Turn-key Retrofit Solution’ for a medical centre in Mt Druitt, NSW
Several months ago, ARA was approached by ShopSmart Medical to develop a new healthcare centre which would offer a range of integrated, patient-centred medical services referred by medical specialists and allied health professionals in a one-stop environment.
Located within Sydney’s Mt Druitt Westfield’s shopping centre, the ShopSmart Medical development boasts a 1300m2 precinct of services including General Practitioners, Medical Specialists, Radiologists, Dentists, Optometrists, Pharmaceuticals, Physio/Hydrotherapy, Rehabilitation, Dietetics, Children’s, Women’s, and Family Health services and more.
ShopSmart indicated they had identified that ARA, through our presence on the Internet, had the necessary capabilities to provide a complete turn-key solution for the build and fit-out requirement of the centre. After several months of negotiating, ARA was awarded the contract for the complete construction and fit out, inclusive of all accompanying services required for the project.
This project utilised the multi-service capabilities of all seven ARA Group divisions!
Demonstrating the Group’s synergistic capabilities, ARA Building was the principal contractor for this project, responsible for the co-ordination and supervision of the seven ARA Group divisions’ services as well as liaising with the client for the project and medical tenants.
Starting in May 2016 with an empty shell containing just four external walls, an empty ceiling cavity and floor slab, site works commenced with the demolition of the perimeter walls and removal of 100 linear meters of existing slab.
Through its fit-out company, ARA Building transformed the complete interior fit out of the complex from the specified interior design to the supply and installation of all Building services. All essential services and products were provided by the seven ARA Group divisions.
Manufacture – Steel & Polycarbonate motorised Roller shutters
Distribution – Specialty hardware, locks and master keying systems to all doors
Electrical – Power reticulation, Lighting, Data, Main switchboards, Submain Reticulation
Mechanical – VRF multi Air Conditioning system & building automation
Fire – Sprinklers, Smoke Detection units, Hydrant units, all pipe work was fabricated
Security – CCTV, Alarm & Access Control
This project required specific design controls and specialised building precision to achieve the requirements for each medical tenant. As an example, a new reinforced slab with the capacity to hold 7.5 tonne of x-ray and medical equipment was laid, the X-ray rooms consisted of specialised lead lined plasterboard walls, doors / door jambs and lead glass windows to confine the radiation exposure within the room, dental rooms had to meet a technical specification to chase multi services in the slab with extreme precision to ensure correct positioning for suction, waste, water and electrical next to each dental chair, just to name a few.
ARA Building demonstrated on this project innovation, diverse building precision and how the ARA turnkey solution can be effectively utilised for a seamless synergistic operation.
The Mt Druitt Medical Precinct has now opened its doors to the public and already seen an influx of patients through the doors proving a successful build, a cohesive partnership and a great community initiative by Shopsmart Medical.