Plenary, through the Plenary Schools consortium, has partnered with the Queensland Government to deliver a package of ten schools across southeast Queensland.
The Queensland Schools Project is at the cornerstone of the Queensland Government’s Strategic Plan for education in Queensland and will play a key role in meeting the unprecedented demand for education in the State.
The project will see new schools delivered at Pimpama, Burpengary, Pallara, Ripley Valley, Springfield, Griffin, Bellbird Park, Caboolture and Redbank Plains over five years. Two secondary and eight primary schools will be built catering for around 10,000 students during peak periods of enrolment.
Plenary Schools will design, construct, commission, partially finance, maintain and provide facilities management services for the schools over a concession period of thirty years.
Construction started on Stage One of the project in January 2014 starting with a Secondary College in Burpengary and a Primary School in Pimpama.
The first package of schools opened at the start of the 2015 academic year, with a further four schools scheduled to open for the 2016 Academic year.
Plenary Schools will develop modern, high quality, flexible, spacious and practical facilities that meet Queensland’s current and future education requirements.
Fundamental to Plenary School’s design process has been the development of a ‘Model School’, which provides a benchmark for each site, ensuring a common design theme across each school, standardisation of buildings and efficiencies in construction and ongoing maintenance, yet ensuring each school can have its own identity.
Some of the other key design initiatives that underpin the project’s Masterplan include the arrangement and orientation of facilities to maximise learning opportunities, community interaction and the overall comfort of learning spaces, integrated landscaping so that learning spaces connect with external perspectives to maximise learning outcomes.
Plenary Schools will respond to the State’s objective to create a school environment that supports quality, cost effective and innovative educational service delivery with the flexibility to accommodate current and future curricular activities.
To enhance opportunities for learning, Plenary Schools has made the best use of indoor and outdoor spaces by achieving efficiencies in natural light, shade, glare, temperature and ventilation.
Further, the schools will incorporate energy efficient buildings that deliver comfortable learning and teaching environments.
Also, by investing 100 per cent of the Project’s Equity requirement, Plenary has provided the State with a strategy to ensure certainty, flexibility and value money.
Local economic impacts
The facilities will provide over 10,000 new student placements and employ up to 500 teachers and 130 non-teaching staff.
The project’s five-year construction term will significantly boost economic activity, generating around 1,700 jobs a year and provide a much-needed boost to one of Queensland’s economic pillars.
The majority of trades used on site will be sourced locally maximising the local industry participation in the project, the project will also ensure that it exceeds the 10% time allocation that is to be achieved by the project dedicated to training.