Before you invest time, funds and and resources into developing a new site, Space For Health can investigate all of the minute details of planning to ensure your project becomes the best that it can be. These Pre-Design services include site selection and tenancy feasibility studies, authority requirements, development applications such as DA and CDC, as well as legal consulting.

We have a great deal of experience in our design team. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when planning a new site, and we’ve established the means to identify these early on in the process and be ready for them when they arise. This includes things like making sure your new floors can handle the weight of MRI or CT scanning equipment, and your doors are wide enough to move the equipment in to begin with. MRI machines also need to be housed an adequate distance from ultrasound imaging equipment, as the radiation from the former could affect the latter. These are just a few of the things we take into account when we match your ideal clinic to the physical limitations of the site.
To find out more about the design development process or to kickstart the design of your new medical centre, get in contact with us today.

Site feasibility

Conducting an extensive and comprehensive site feasibility study is a crucial step for a new build. The real estate market is complex, and so are the legal requirements of developing a project from scratch. In our 27+ years of experience, We’ve developed a thorough understanding of the requirements, limitations and incentives for building in different areas in every state, nationwide.

It’s vital to find a site that won’t disrupt any existing infrastructure, and that won’t require massive investment in order to meet compliance. We also go the extra mile to understand potential locations – assessing the market and the demographics that exist there to help your business succeed.

Once we’ve identified a site, we’ll check every facet of it to ensure it meets the goals of your business. This encompasses everything from stormwater drainage to submitting a development application/planning permit. We’ll do the hard yards to get you into the location you deserve, and one that will benefit your business for years to come.

Does every project require development approval or a complying development certificate?

Securing development approval (DA) or a complying development certificate (CDC) can be a tricky process. Space For Health can help you through the procedure with our team of experienced specialists. If you’re confused about legal requirements or building regulations, this service is a great help. We can apply for these approvals on your behalf. Attaining a CDC is a faster process, a DA takes longer and is usually only required for extensive remodelling. You may not need both, but you will definitely need one or the other. Each council has it’s own variation on the process, but in general we can undertake the following on your behalf:

  • Discuss your proposal with the council
  • Prepare drawings and plans for your proposal
  • Provide a Statement of Environmental Effects report and how we can potentially mitigate any negative impact
  • Submit final application to the council

What sort of issues can arise during pre-design stage?

Designing a new medical centre is no small undertaking, and there are a few common roadblocks we come across that we, as your trusted advisors, can help you get around. Often local councils or building authorities can have restrictions in place that initial plans can’t abide by. Occasionally some municipalities will have set standards for future developments in the area. In other cases there may be objections from existing tenants or neighbours. Space For Health know how to work around these issues to deliver your idea of the perfect location for your practice.

Make an enquiry with us today and find out how we can help you in the initial stages of your new healthcare development.

Business Case

Understanding the viability of your business is crucial before you move forward with your project. With our national networks of consultants and our internal team of researchers we provide you with assistance on:

  1. Market Gap Analysis : Data modeling to determine the populations trends, market saturation and market
  2. Market trends in the short and long term in conjunction with state and federal planning that may affect your development
  3. Financial forecasting and modeling to determine the requirements of your clinic to make it sustainable in the short and long term
  4. Present Development opportunities at your targeted area to suit your model.


Space for Health takes pride on its Detailed Due Diligence process to make sure most of the variable risks that can affect costing and timing are surveyed and considered during the planning stage, reducing your exposure during the later stages of your project. At SFH we will provide a detailed breakdown budget including all required categories that will impact your build process and limit your risk to variations at the end.