St Hilliers has recently completed the design and construction upgrade to Kent Road Public School in Marsfield NSW. Works included the construction of two three-storey buildings, containing 38 home base spaces, a canteen and individual program/counseling rooms while the remainder of the school remained fully operational. A two-storey staff and administration building was also integrated along with a covered outdoor learning space.
These upgrades allowed an extra 250 students enroll at the school with the student population increasing from 750 to 1000.
To ensure a seamless delivery with minimal impact to the existing school and surrounding properties, careful site management and stakeholder engagement was paramount. St Hilliers’ project team worked closely with the appointed Community Liaison Officer to ensure our team understood the needs and requirements of all key stakeholders and community groups.
During the design finalisation phase, St Hilliers identified a number of value management items which not only provide monetary benefits to the client, but resulted in a stronger build quality and reduced ongoing maintenance.
The St Hilliers design team proposed a change to the roof structure from concrete to structural steel. This change in building material created a fast tracked programme, cost savings and most importantly was a safer alternative for the surrounding school. The team also identified a number of non-compliance issues with the initial design, particularly in relation to fire egress and were able to proposed an alternative solution that was deemed to satisfy.