Innovative use of green building and acoustic technology ensured Knauf AMF’s involvement in Adelaide’s new landmark hospital - The New Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH).

SA Health Partnership Consortium’s new $2.1bn 800-bed NRAH will upon completion, achieve the title of the single largest infrastructure project in the State’s history. The NRAH will be Australia’s most advanced hospital with state-of-the-art facilities providing world-class healthcare for the people of South Australia. Designed by sthDI and delivered by HYLC Joint Venture, NRAH is an ambitious tribute to innovation and sustainability.

Knauf AMF was engaged to supply its German-made ‘THERMATEX Acoustic Medical’ range of ceiling tiles throughout the hospital including in areas with demanding cleanroom, clinical and decontamination requirements. AMF’s acoustic ceiling tiles all feature the same visual fleece finish, with sealed edges and impressive ISO Class rating, exceeding not only the strict acoustic criteria but also clean ability, durability and green ratings specified.

Each ceiling tile features a smooth white tissue finish, made from ingredients found only in nature including bio-soluble mineral wool resulting in a product that is 100% recyclable at end use. Panels feature anti-microbial treatment to resist bacterial and fungal growth including strains of Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli (E.coli), Staphylococcus epidermidis and more. Specific ceiling tiles were selected for cleanrooms, containment rooms, lecture theatres and rooms beneath emergency helicopter landing pads. These demanding and vastly different requirements were addressed by providing three technically differing but visually identical panels achieving ISO Class 4 for containment and cleanrooms, NRC 0.15 for lecture theatres to project audible human speech, and 43dB for rooms beneath landing pads to significantly improve sound attenuation. All panels were rigorously tested in Germany for surface scrub ability and surface washability ensuring ongoing maintenance of individual tiles would withstand harsh cleaning demands and chemicals. Tests performed included the use of Sodium hydroxide, Sodium hypochlorite, Hydrogen peroxide and Isopropanol representing chemicals found in common cleaning agents. AMF’s near 100% automated production process ensures that tiles are uniform in colour, texture and finish throughout the project.

With the NRAH benchmarking a new standard in healthcare design, Knauf AMF is proud to have played a pivotal role in delivering the project. The NRAH sits comfortably alongside AMF’s other major A-grade healthcare projects under construction including the impressive Perth Children’s Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) and the new Bendigo Hospital in Victoria.

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