Dryandra Hostel Expansion


45 Leake Street, Kellerberrin


$7 million (incl. GST)


Urbanize Architects


We were awarded Stages 1 & 2 following a competitive tender process. The new Stage 1 extension comprises a floor area of 520m² with new driveways, covered drop off areas, parking bays and landscaping to the entire complex. Internal features include a new commercial kitchen and laundry, treatment room, managers’ offices, reception, and meeting room.

The designed-for-purpose Stage 2 extension expands the centre’s residential care abilities by adding 24 new rooms with ensuites as well as lounge, dining, activity and outdoor areas. A new ambulance and delivery bay with garages assist with patient access, while internal renovations include a new library, hair salon, staff room, and nurse facilities.


  • All new work had to take place while the existing facility remained fully operational. We worked closely with the management of the facility to minimise the shutdown time of services and partitioned off areas to avoid any significant disruptions. Our dedicated team also worked nights and weekends when necessary to fully accommodate the client.
  • The remote location of the construction work also posed challenges to our team. It is quite rare to deliver such a high- level of services to a remote location, making logistics, transport and pre-planning quite difficult. We successfully overcame this challenge by bringing in many specialist trades and materials from Perth and providing full-time site management.


  • We worked closely with the client to save them significant costs by finding smarter outcomes that were more economical.
  • Substantial pre-planning and ongoing communication helped ensure the expansion works occurred with minimal disturbance.


Stage 2 is a 1300m² residential-style construction, featuring concrete slab on ground, timber frame internal walls plus roof structure and sheet metal clad roof. External brickwork was rendered to match the existing nursing facility.

Construction is primarily from brick veneer, so as to blend into the existing buildings’ façade. New verandahs and courtyards surround the extension.

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