Arden Secondary School

Arden Anglican School undertook the redevelopment of its Epping campus to improve current facilities and cater to the projected and anticipated student growth over the coming years. The works were staged to avoid any major inconvenience to the ongoing operation of the school.

Stage 1 involved construction of a multi-sport court, refurbishment of amenities, introduction of further accessible facilities, and renovation of common areas.

Stage 2 required the demolition of an existing building and the construction of a five-storey school building over one level of basement parking.

Stage 3 incorporated the refurbishment of an existing building for laboratory rooms.

The project was managed under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process where we were required to drive the design process to achieve a final construction budget, in consultation with the preferred contractor. Construction then occurred during school hours requiring a high level of programme management to ensure minimal disruption to the students and teaching staff.

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 in October 2017. The architects 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.

A great result for all involved

Despite the challenges, the works finished almost a month ahead of schedule. “The success of the project was a direct result of the great communication between Impact Group, the school, the school’s building committee, the builder and the professional team.”

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