Queensland Schools project stage 1A

Plenary Schools hands over stage 1A works at two Queensland schools

Published 14 November 2014

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND – Plenary Schools has handed over, on time and on budget, the first part of stage one works at Burpengary State Secondary College and Pimpama State Primary College; the first two schools being delivered as part of the Queensland Schools Project.

Stage 1A works involved the accelerated construction of an administration building, library and a portion of the car parking area at each school. These facilities were formally handed over to the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) and school Principals on 31 October 2014.

The milestone was also ceremoniously marked during the week; with a key handover event held at both schools involving local member representatives as special guests.

Plenary Schools Director, John Witheriff, said the focus was now on completing the remaining stage one works at both schools, which are on track to be handed over on 1 January next year ahead of their opening for the commencement of the 2015 academic year.

“Watpac is now in the final stages of fitting out and commissioning all stage one learning buildings and work has commenced on constructing covered walkways, fencing and landscaping at both schools,” said Mr Witheriff.

“Once those works are complete we will hit the ground running with the commencement of the planning of stage two works in 2016,” he said. “This work will be completed in time for the 2017 academic year; and deliver even more fantastic education and learning facilities for the future students of these schools.”

Plenary’s facilities management partner, Delta FM, has now established its services at both Burpengary and Pimpama and will work closely with the Principals and staff as part of a cohesive team.

Burpengary State Secondary College and Pimpama State Primary College are two of ten schools being delivered as part of the current Queensland Schools public private partnership (PPP) project. Under the PPP, Plenary Schools will design, construct, commission, partially finance and maintain the schools over a thirty year timeframe.

Mr Witheriff said that design and development was well underway for the next four schools to be delivered under the project; Pallara, Caboolture West / Bellmere, Ripley Valley and Griffin.

“Watpac will mobilise on these sites in the coming weeks; which is very exciting for the students and parents of those areas,” he said.

Over the next four years schools will also be built at Redbank Plains, Springfield, Caboolture North East and Bellbird Park.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said he was pleased to see the Stage 1A facilities at Burpengary and Pimpama formally handed over to the State and Principals.

“The early provision of these school administration and resource facilities at Burpengary and Pimpama enables the Principals to now get on with the job of actively pursuing enrolments, curriculum planning and building their teaching and administration support teams ahead of the 2015 academic year.”

Image caption: The recently handed over student services building at Pimpama State Primary College