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Paal Kit Homes has done something different, supplying a cost-saving building kit for a new health centre.

A new rural health centre, in the township of Wudinna on the central Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, has been economically constructed using the building framework of a kit home company.

The 757 square metre centre, with consulting rooms for about 10 medical and health professionals, is based on Paal Kit Homes’s Castlereagh design, extended to be as deep as it’s wide.

The new health facility will serve about 1400 people within a 50 kilometre radius of Wudinna, providing sufficient professional accommodation capacity for the next 30 years.

The kit was supplied to lock-up stage, allowing the Wudinna council to finish the internals to their specific requirements.

“Paal was brought in to keep our costs down. We gave them the brief and they came back to us with a design, which has worked out very well. An architect-designed building couldn’t have been completed within our budget,” said Wudinna council chairman Tim Scholz.

“Government typically quotes a 30 per cent loading on buildings constructed in up-country locations, but we managed to erect our new centre for about a 5 per cent loading, which is a substantial saving.”

The centre was opened in July by South Australian federal senator Annette Hurley.

Replacing a doctors’ surgery and a community services building at the adjoining Wudinna Hospital, the new health centre was project-managed by Klint Stott of Port Lincoln and site-managed by Peter Boylan.

“Paal bent over backwards to help us out. They accommodated the changes we were forced to make to the initial design to comply with South Australia’s tough commercial building standards,” Mr Scholz said.

“The building is looking really good. It’s been nicknamed the Taj Mahal by some local people, because it stands out in the landscape and is big enough to serve our community needs for many years to come.

“Paal’s kits are a great opportunity for country councils like ours who are looking to build cost-effective infrastructure,” he said.

Supplied by: Paal Kit Homes, 113 Russell Street, Emu Plains NSW 2750. http://www.paal.com.au

Prepared by: Peter Mills Pty Ltd. contact(at)petermills(dot)com(dot)au. (02) 9966 8300

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