The healthcare needs of the Northern Beaches community have changed significantly since Manly and Mona Vale hospitals first opened many decades ago. A major investment in new infrastructure was required to ensure the local community had access to high-quality healthcare into the future.


Project Background

In 2014, Dulux was engaged by BVN Architects to assist in the design of the Northern Beaches Hospital and in 2015, CPB Contractors were engaged by the client Healthscope to construct the first hospital to be built on a greenfield site in Sydney for 20 years.

The $600m facility features 488 beds, state of the art emergency department with a medical centre, 14 operating theatres, mental health facilities, a helipad, and 1400 car spaces in a 9 storey car park.

The Northern Beaches Hospital was officially opened to the public in October 2018.

Project Requirements

Healthscope was seeking to build the first Green Star hospital constructed in NSW with a “4-Star As-Built rating”.

Paint finishes were required to meet both low VOC rating and stringent clinical cleaning cycles. Another important part of the design brief was the need to adhere decals to the walls.



Dulux Steriguard Durable Low Sheen was specified for bathrooms and patient rooms and Dulux Steriguard Ultra for dry labs, operating theatres, ACU, walkways and areas titled ‘high prevention infection areas”.

Dulux Wash and Wear Matt was used on a large amount of the public and lobby spaces to cater for the decals and the Dulux Fast Finish range used for the undercoat and ceiling paint.
The Dulux Powders Electro product was specified and used on the façade of the 9 storey, 1400 space car park also on site.

Benefits of the Solution

Dulux Steriguard was developed in conjunction with Bayer Material Science to deliver a low odour, easy to clean, low VOC and hard wearing solution for health and aged care facilities.

Working with paint contractors Fine Touch, paint systems were applied as ‘fit for purpose’ and to also deliver the Architects aesthetic intent. Dulux Steriguard gave the aesthetic appeal of a low gloss finish whilst meeting Greenstar benchmarks for broad wall paint and ultimately giving the ‘infection prevention’ coating required for particular spaces.

Dulux Fast Finish allowed contractors Fine Touch to save time and costs by applying the undercoat and ceiling paint in one application, whilst again meeting VOC requirements.
The need to meet colour, aesthetics and council solar reflectivity requirements was important in the choice of Dulux Electro range of powder finishes. Five colours from the range were chosen, each with the 20-year warranty.

DuluxGroup is committed to providing best in class solutions for every individual project. Sustainability and performance are the key drivers in new product development.
The Northern Beaches hospital is a testimony to the collaboration and consultation between BVN, Healthscope, CPB Contractors, Fine Touch and Dulux to deliver a world-class project in NSW.


Project Details

The Northern Beaches Hospital is located in Frenchs Forest, NSW.

Architect- BVN Architects

Builder – CPB Contractors

Client- Healthscope

Painter- Fine Touch