An exterior cladding system from ASKIN Performance Panels was specified for the Ashford Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia during a major upgrade of the healthcare facility.

The largest private hospital in Adelaide, the 67-year-old Ashford Hospital is part of the Adelaide Community Healthcare Alliance (ACHA). The upgrade, the first major one in almost 40 years, covered patient facilities, hospital infrastructure and new theatres, as well as replacement of the existing exterior cladding with a product that would deliver better fire performance as well as a modern finish.

The hospital sought a product that would not only refresh the aesthetic but would also meet the latest building code compliance, fire performance and insurance requirements. ASKIN’s ViviD panels with Volcore were selected based on factors such as non-combustibility and concealed fixing as well as ASKIN’s ability to manufacture and deliver within the given budget and timeframe.

Schiavello Construction commissioned SA Construct to replace the exterior cladding using ASKIN ViviD panels with non-combustible Volcore.

SA Construct project manager Brian Cvetinovic recommended ASKIN panels for this project because of the unique concealed fix system, and the assurance of a quick turnaround in delivery.

Replacing the existing cladding was a time-consuming process with each panel removed individually and the new cladding panel fixed the same day. The entire recladding was executed with the hospital continuing to operate as usual.

ViviD cladding panels were manufactured in 3-metre lengths and installed horizontally and vertically with a seamless profile in COLORBOND Basalt.

Ashford Hospital now has a modern and refreshed look on its facade. Additionally, the staff and patients have peace of mind that the building materials meet the relevant building codes and provide a safe environment.