St Hilliers was engaged by SINSW to undertake the design and construction of a new sports complex for St Ives High School (SIHS) in New South Wales. St Ives High School is a comprehensive, high performing school that engages students in academic, creative and sporting excellence.
The scope of works included design finalisation and detailing, the demolition of an existing outdoor sports centre, sports court and associated pedestrian pathways, tree removal and site preparation as well as the construction of a new 3500m2 indoor multi-use sports centre. The new sports centre includes two full-size indoor basketball courts with sprung timber flooring, line marking and sporting equipment for volleyball, netball and badminton, and change rooms and amenities with the capacity for four teams. In addition, the structure contains three general learning spaces, a fitness lab and associated storage areas.
The team overcame key challenges such as the location of on-site detention and rainwater tanks. The design originally positioned the tanks at a depth of 4m at the bottom of a 4m batter to the existing school. St Hilliers provided a more suitable location that reduced risk during construction and ongoing maintenance.
During the demolition of the existing sports hall, unidentified hazardous materials were found bonded to the underside of the existing concrete slabs. St Hilliers was able to arrange the removal of the hazardous substances over weekends to mitigate disruption to the operations of the School.