The expansion of an existing occupied and fully operational Nursing Home in Woodcroft, South Australia for the James Brown Memorial Trust.

Project Detail/s

Refurbishment of four occupied buildings along with extensive demolition and rebuilding of 80% of the original site. Construction is phased over three Stages for the new build, and eight Stages for refurbishment of the old four remaining buildings.


The new build and refurbishment works all had to be actioned around an occupied Nursing Home with minimal disruption to the residents, kitchen facilities, laundry and office activities. Extensive undercover external walkways were constructed to maintain the 24 hour, 7 days a week foot traffic flow, nursing care and meals to each of the four operational nursing home wings. This site was also set amongst a Residential Housing area for the Elderly which was not part of the Kalyra /James Brown Memorial Trust facility which we approached in a caring way so as not to disrupt the residents outside of our work area.

Construction Detail/s

– Stage 1 & 2 being residential timber framed, timber truss, brick and cladding external construction.

– Stage 3 being predominantly steel framed with brick and external clad exteriors. Removal and re-modeling of the carpark area.


– The nursing home is fully occupied. Buildings had to remain linked together which involved the temp construction for around 350m worth of covered walkways with lighting, fire detection, intercom systems and security sliding doors.

– The new site levels had the existing ground being built up around 1m in the winter months.

– Timeframes where extremely tight as was the available space that could be allocated to build each Stage.


– All stages 1A & 1B, Stage 2, 3, 4 and the four existing refurbished wings were all successfully completed.

– Delivered on time and within budget.

– Cemented good relationship with client and all consultants involved.

– One of Kennett’s longest running projects in the history of the company, only surpassed by a large residential development in the 1970s.


Scott Kennett, Paul Davies, Gavin Fillmore – Construction Managers

Phil Hole – Estimating Manager

Duncan Forbes-White – Project Manager & Contract Administrator

Steve Kwiatkowski, Michael Reid, Rob Stirling – Site Managers

Stuart Wheeler – HSE Officer

Sean Rendell – Estimator