Arden Anglican School Nearing Completion

New teaching block for Arden Anglican School

Finishing almost one month ahead of schedule, Arden Anglican School’s new teaching block was far from a straightforward project. Completed between exam periods, within a constrained site and under the gaze of a watchful local community, ECI and effective project management delivered outstanding results.

The goal of the project was to make more room to meet the needs of Year 11 and 12 students. By building the new block, the school was able to do just that.

The works comprised 3 stages. Stage 1 was the provision of two sports courts, and the upgrade of amenities. Stages 2 and 3 encompassed the construction of a five-storey block with one-level basement parking and access onto the roof. It also included administration and general learning areas, science labs, food tech classrooms, TAS teaching facilities, a multi-use performance space, a resource centre, and the refurbishment of the existing Essex Street building.


The importance of Early Contractor Involvement (ECI)

Arden Anglican School approved an Early Contractor Involvement procurement process for the Stages 2 and 3 works. “ECI is a great way to identify risk and savings by combining the expertise of both the builder and architect right from the start of a project,” says Greg Hastie, Project Director at Impact Group. “A tender was issued to contractors in August 2017, and the building contract was awarded to Lipman Pty Ltd in October 2017. Architects, Stanton Dahl, were contracted to handle the complicated project design process, and the Stages 2 and 3 work commenced on site in September 2018.”


Collaboration is paramount in live environments

“Working in a live environment is part and parcel of most education projects,” says Greg. “In this instance, we were highly cognisant of the noise implications. To ensure minimal disruption, we worked around the school diary. In fact, there were times when work needed to be halted altogether, for example when students were sitting exams or a Parents’ Day was being held.”

One of the keys to the success of the project, says Greg, was the close collaboration with the school and school’s Councils to ensure a workable schedule.

When it came to the neighbours, dust was a major concern. “The builder handled it brilliantly,” says Greg, “using highly effective dust-suppression techniques. In the end, ensuring neighbours aren’t unduly effected is a simple matter of respect, strong communication and forethought.”


A constrained site requires close communication with all parties

“We needed to work within a constrained site,” says Greg, “with the existing school on two sides, an apartment block on a third, and street frontage on the fourth. Materials handling was quite tricky, plus we had to ensure neighbours could still access their properties.”

To solve the challenge, neighbour notifications were provided throughout the project advising of certain work activities that might be disruptive to them. In addition, the school maintained contact with the neighbours, and welcomed any suggestions or feedback.


A great result for all involved

Despite the challenges, the works are to finish almost a month ahead of schedule. “The success of the project was a direct result of the great communication between the school, the school’s building committee, the builder and the professional team. Lipman was really well-supported by Stanton Dahl Architects, both of which played a critical role during the ECI and construction processes. In addition, a close relationship was formed with Arden Anglican School representatives, which has benefited the process.”


Get in touch

For more information about overcoming building challenges and working in live environments, get in touch with the Impact Group team, today.

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