Whyalla Secondary School
Department of Education
- Education - $100M
A new $100 million state-of-the-art secondary school will be built in Whyalla to accommodate 1500 students in years 7 to 12. Designed in collaboration between COX Architecture and Thomson Rossi, the new school will combine three existing government high schools in the region.
Key features of the school include contemporary STEM focused learning spaces, multi-level outdoor learning and social spaces, a landscaped plaza at ground level, double court gymnasium, expansive sporting fields and courts that can be utilised by the community and a performing arts theatre and outdoor amphitheatre.
The new school comprises of five major buildings along with multiple courts and playing surfaces across the site. With the exception of the gym, the four main buildings are linked via a high level courtyard effectively creating a single structure further connected through the construction of link bridges between buildings. The emphasis of bringing the outdoors indoors is achieved through the internally landscaped plaza in addition to the indoor/outdoor learning and social areas spread throughout multiple floors.
COX Architecture, in collaboration with Thomson Rossi, designed the school so that it would integrate the history and traditions of the existing high schools while creating its own sense of identity and belonging that will embrace the whole community.
The new school is expected to be complete for the first students to commence in 2022.
A snippet from Seven News Spencer Gulf showcasing the Sod Turning in Whyalla from the 5th May can be found here.
Whyalla Secondary School’s timelapse update from June 2020 can be viewed here.
For construction enquiries relating to the Whyalla Secondary School project please contact:
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SA Schools PPP
Department of Education
- Education - $230M+
The South Australian State Government has chosen the TESA Education consortium to deliver two new birth to year 12 schools in the Angle Vale and Aldinga regions of outer metropolitan Adelaide. The TESA Consortium is comprised of Sarah Constructions, together with Tetris Capital, DIF and ISS Services Australia. Sarah Constructions are the Design and Construct Contractor responsible for the delivery of the two schools.
The two new Schools are part of a major program to establish best practice school infrastructure across South Australia, and to enhance South Australia’s reputation as a destination for capital investment. This major project will create jobs and contribute to state economic growth.
Each School will be constructed to accommodate 1675 student at the initial opening, and will be master-planned to accommodate planned Future Capacity to a maximum of 2084 students.
Each School will include facilities for students, teachers, parents and the wider community. The design of each school is focused around creating contemporary learning spaces designed to empower educators to allow young people to engage in rich disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning. Each site will provide Pre-School and Long Day Care Services, along with OSHC programs. Both Schools will include Performing Arts theatres, Libraries and Entrepreneurial Hubs, VET Kitchen and on site Cafeteria, Primary and Secondary Gym facilities, dual purpose Soccer and Hockey fields and full size AFL ovals.
To accommodate the new schools there is also significant transport infrastructure upgrade works occurring in both regions including the construction of new roads and intersections.
Both Schools are intended to be operational for the first term of the 2022 academic school year and have a combined construction cost in excess of $230 million.
For construction enquiries relating to the SA Schools PPP project please contact:
Aldinga Birth to Year 12 School – firstname.lastname@example.org
Angle Vale Birth to Year 12 School – email@example.com.
You can find out more about these projects here.
ECH Smart Road Modbury
- Aged Care - $44M
Construction has commenced on one of Australia’s first retirement villages to incorporate a Montessori Early Learning Centre (ELC), offering spacious, contemporary apartments set in a vertical village comprising 8-storey and 4-storey apartment buildings, including basement parking. The buildings will be connected by a linkway and café with dining area to service the site.
The Smart Road Development will see a range of independent living residents living and interacting with the ELC, creating a one-of-a kind community whilst providing opportunities for intergenerational activities.
The development features 77 apartments, a community garden, café, community hall / lounge and will include 15,800m2 of new building footprint:
- North Building: Basement Level Carpark, Ground Level Child Care Centre, Offices, Level 1 and Level 2 Independent Living Units
- South Building: Basement Level 1 & 2 Carpark, Ground Level through to Level 5 Independent Living Units
- Café & Linkway: Connection between North & South Buildings with commercial kitchen and dining spaces
- Siteworks: Roadways, visitor carparks, pedestrian paths, landscaping, urban farm area with raised planter beds, seating and external furniture
85 Smart Road is conveniently surrounded by Westfield Tea Tree Plaza, the O-Bahn Interchange, Modbury Hospital and other community and healthcare services.
This unique project will set a precedence for future retirement villages in community integration and is set for completion late 2021.
ECH Modbury’s timelapse update from June 2020 can be viewed here.
The University of Adelaide Infrastructure Investment Program
The University of Adelaide
- Education - Multiple Projects
The University of Adelaide’s Infrastructure Investment Programme designed to accommodate the future planning needs of technology and facilities around its campus.
Sarah has successfully completed a series of refurbishment, fit-out and extension projects for the University, across its fully occupied Adelaide campus, the city and the parklands.
The Sarah Team are following a collaborative approach working with the consultants and the University project teams to ensure each project is a success. Open and honest communication and a problem solving philosophy have helped to resolve any challenges early throughout the design and construction phases of the projects.
Safety is high on the agenda for Sarah and the team continues to work closely with the University Safety and Building Management teams, to develop detailed plans based on the institution’s stringent safety requirements. This approach has ensured the safety of not only the students and staff, but also the sub-contractors and the general public.
Botanica Apartments, Glenside
- Residential - $25M
Stage 1 of the Glenside Apartment development is the five storey $25M Botanica building, designed by Hames Sharley Architects and comprising a stunning range of one, two or three-bedroom apartments; Botanica offers options to suit all lifestyles.
The 77 apartments provide spacious, light-filled living areas which expand out to generous balconies and ground floor terraces, creating the perfect home from which to soak up Glenside’s spectacular heritage architecture and sweeping views of the hills.
These inspiring residences redefine apartment living with luxurious light filled rooms in perfect harmony with the natural beauty outdoors, accessed from the secure basement carparks via a monitored lift. Complete with Superior quality finishes, this environment sets the tone for sumptuous living, from luxurious bathrooms to well proportioned bedrooms and gourmet kitchens with stylish stone benchtops and smart appliances. This is a home that truly stands apart.
You can find out more about the project here.
Westminster School Master Plan
- Education - $28M
After successful completion of Block 100, Block 200, the Mathwin Centre and the Boys Boarding house, Sarah Constructions tendered and secured the construction of three new buildings for Westminster School under a GMP contract type of arrangement. The $28M project includes a new three storey Inquiry and Innovation Hub, construction of a new three storey Food, Library and Performing Arts Hub, and refurbishment of the existing 300 Block learning areas, which also includes demolition of existing buildings, development of outdoor learning areas and landscape and associated building services and external works.
The 3 stages are set to be completed by late August 2021.
Westminster School’s timelapse update from May 2020 can be viewed here.
Pilatus – Adelaide Airport
- Commercial - $12.7M
The new Pilatus facility comprises of a 3560m2 3 storey office/ administration facility, including parts Store and a 1560m2 Hangar for aircraft parking. The Hangar is essentially a display/ showroom facility to showcase Pilatus aircraft. It will have inbuilt services for future adaptation of one of the Hangar bays for aircraft maintenance capability.
The facility being constructed at the southern end of Sir Reginald Ansett Way and immediately next door to the existing Royal Flying Doctor Service facility. It will have an airside interface along the Hangar and Office alignment, with Pilatus having responsibility for all landside works including on site car parking and access road. Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) will, through a separate contract deliver the airside works including 3000m2 (approx.) apron, diversion of the airside road and associated airside civil works.
Pilatus Adelaide Airport’s recent timelapse from July 2019 – February 2020 can be viewed here.
Murray Bridge High School
- Education - $18M
The revitalised Murray Bridge High School will be a connected, multi-disciplinary and contemporary learning environment that engages all learners.
The project scope, in line with the program objectives, will provide Murray Bridge High School with new General Learning facilities, a purpose built Specialised Learning Centre and refurbishment of existing infrastructure. The new facilities will deliver additional learning areas to cater for increased enrolments as a result of the Year 7 transition to Secondary School, respond to existing capacity pressures, and to provide improved facilities for specialist needs education for secondary students in Murray Bridge and the surrounding regions.
The proposed works include:
- The construction of a new two storey building to accommodate the middle school cohort and a new Special Education Centre
- Demolition of a number of existing DEMAC and Transportable Buildings
- Relocation of two existing transportable buildings, inclusive of connecting roof canopy and decking
- A new tech studies building
- Refurbishment of building 3 Tech Studies west wing into a new Entrepreneurial Centre
- Refurbishment of art spaces in building 1, level 1 & 2
- Extension of existing car park
- General upgrade of gas and communications site services
- Site Landscaping works
The $18m project is based on a lump sum contract with DPTI, together with COX Architecture as the architect and lead consultant. It will be staged as follows;
- Stage 1A: Demolition of existing DMAC buildings
- Stage 1B: Relocation of transportable buildings, timber decking and canopy
- Stage 1C: Construction of new Tech Studies Building, including 3 workshops
- Stage 1D: Construction of two story Sturt Building; a new middle school, special needs & disability unit, 20 classrooms, indigenous studies, kitchen and other facilities
- Stage 1E: Art Centre Refurbishment
- Stage 2: Entrepreneurial Centre Refurbishment
- Extensive upgrade of services and landscaping works
Expected works are due for completionhttps://youtu.be/eqB2ou1S4dQ in late 2021.
Murray Bridge High School’s timelapse update from June 2020 can be viewed here.
Tenison Woods Catholic Primary School
Catholic Church Endowment Society
- Education - $2.2M
In a highly competitive tender market Sarah Constructions was awarded construction of the new Tenison Woods School facilities and associated landscaping. Designed by Brown Falconer Architects, the Tenison Woods Catholic Primary School project involves construction of new single storey building on the existing school campus, consisting of 6 general learning spaces, with a central learning commons area, unisex bathrooms along with associated break out spaces and external landscaping learning and play spaces.
Scheduled for completion end of July 2020, the new facilities will be a new home for year 6 and 7 students.
Tenison Woods Catholic Primary School’s recent timelapse from February – June 2020 can be viewed here.
Mt Barker Regional Sports Hub Stage 1
Mt Barker District Council
- Recreation - $16M
The Mt Barker Regional Sports Hub is a multi-discipline sporting facility comprising 2 FFSA approved soccer pitches, an exhibition grade AFL / cricket oval and extensive landscape, civil and services infrastructure package within the approximately 120k m2 site. The soccer pitches and the oval are serviced by pavilion club room buildings with accompanying tiered grandstand seating for each.
Stage 1 construction is supported by $14.6 million in grant funding and in-kind support from the Australian Government through the Community Development Grants Programme, Building Better Regions Fund, the South Australian Government, Football Federation South Australia, Australian Football League, South Australian National Football League, Cricket Australia and the South Australian Cricket Association.
Works are being undertaken on behalf of the Mount Barker District Council and is due for completion in November 2020.
St Michael's College Primary Campus Redevelopment
St Michael's College
- Education - $5M
The St Michael’s College Primary Campus redevelopment is now underway; the delivery of this project will enable the school to cater for increased enrolments and provide ongoing enrichment through a quality new learning environment that is innovative and adaptable to the current and future educational needs of the students of St Michael’s College.
New building works will not only enable increased capacity but will include a contemporary state of the art Early Primary Centre encompassing:
- Five new Early Primary Classrooms with breakout spaces both indoor and outdoor, with access to nature play. The Green space at the front of the building will be enhanced and utilised as a secure, outdoor learning and play space.
- An Innovation Centre which will incorporate: Thinkers Tanks, Makers Space, Design Space, Campfire, Resource Centre and Radio Station/Podcast Lab.
- A new Art Centre on the upper level.
- Energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting and water retention and recycling initiatives.
The Primary Campus is undergoing a re-development to create refreshed, new and innovative learning spaces for the students and staff. Strong demand for an education at St Michael’s requires the College to provide modern, fit for purpose, infrastructure to support their teaching and learning programs.
This $5 million dollar refurbishment is due for completion at the end of Term 3, 2020.
Yatala Labour Prison Redevelopment – Early Works
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government
- Commercial - $11.35M
Works are currently underway at the Yatala Labour Prison, the State’s largest metropolitan prison. This portion of the project includes the delivery of two purpose-built buildings accommodating a business centre and staff training and wellbeing centre. In addition, there is associated landscaping, a bike shelter structure and a new paved staff / visitor car park.
The project delivery is staged, where Stage 1 is delivery of the car park, and Stage 2 comprises the delivery of the new staff and wellness facilities. All of which is being built just outside the secure perimeter of the Yatala Labour Prison.
One of the major challenges of the project is relocating the services infrastructure from the existing facilities to the new facilities, ensuring there are no disruptions to the operating prison facility. The team are closely managing this process through workshops, hold points and close collaborations with DPTI and the Department of Correctional Services.
Expected completion is September 2020.
Australian Motors Mazda Showroom
Australian Motors Mazda
- Commercial - $7.4M
Works are currently underway for the Stage 1 redevelopment of Australian Motors Mazda at Edwardstown, with modifications to an existing car storage warehouse commencing construction in October 2019. The existing warehouse was converted to a temporary showroom for Mazda to operate from during construction of the main build. Once complete, Mazda were able to relocate in order for the main works to commence.
Stage 2 involves the demolition of the existing showroom, workshop and car park and commencement of construction for the brand new larger showroom, workshop, car park and external works.
The new showroom and workshop layout provides Mazda with additional space, car parks and an aesthetically pleasing façade, as well as improved functionality and operations of the business.
The full height glazed façade with feature cladding and large Mazda logo signage makes an architectural statement from South Road and will be sure to attract new clientele.
The new store is due to open in July 2020.
Woodcroft College Stage 1
- Education - $4.2M
Woodcroft College’s new Early Learning Centre (ELC) project comprises a 55-car carpark and new ELC designed by Swanbury Penglase Architects. Feature Landscaping will also provide 7 outdoor play areas, 2 bridges, a new groundskeeper shed, new washed aggregate walkways and a landscaping architectural feature stormwater swale. The ELC building will create an environment for educators and caretakers to teach and instill strong social and educational foundational principles to this generation’s 3-4 year old’s.
The combination of a skylight running through the centre of the ELC, together with the quasi-open plan layout, creates the perfect environment for social interaction between children, staff and visitors. Educators and children are able to take full advantage of the outdoor environments utilising play items, stepping logs, sandpits, bird feeders, new and existing trees and water areas.
Parents and visitors to the facility have also been considered within the new design as a carpark with pick up and drop off points to be included, and for those wanting to walk their children to the ELC, new footpaths and bridges for people of all walking abilities will be available.
Set to be completed in mid-2020, Woodcroft Early Learning Centre is the home of our future generation.
Production Factory & Office
- Defence / Industrial - $20M
The PMB Defence project is just outside the Osborne Naval Shipyard precinct at Osborne. The 26,000m2 site will comprise of a new production facility used for the engineering services and manufacturing of niche products for current and future submarine platforms.
Sarah Constructions worked closely with the client and design team throughout the extended procurement phase; this collaborative approach ensured the challenges of the site conditions and key elements of the building were procured correctly.
The building is separated in to two main key areas:
- A production area including multiple separate zones that ultimately complete the assembly line.
- A large office area including engineering workshops, testing facilities, amenities and the corporate office space.
The 46 week construction program will see the 12,500m2 structure take shape; comprising 6,000 cubic meters of concrete, 260 precast panels and 670 tons of steel along with the fit-out, three external carpark areas and landscaped staff breakout areas.
Sarah have maintained and continued to work closely with the client and end users throughout the construction phase to ensure the complex production fit-out and transition from the current operational facility will be seamless. Construction commenced May 2019 with an expected completion date of April 2020.
Lyell McEwin Hospital Carpark Extension
- Health - $4.9M
As part of the Lyell McEwin Hospital redevelopment works announced in the 2017 State budget, Sarah Constructions have been awarded the construction of an extension to the existing multistorey carpark valued at $4.9 million. This 5-level extension connecting horizontally to the existing parking facility will generate a total of 205 additional parks for long-term staff use at one of South Australia’s three major hospital sites.
A number of Environmentally Sustainable Design initiatives have been incorporated into the design and construction methodology, such as the complete reuse of façade screening removed from the existing western elevation and effective usage of natural lighting and ventilation.
Works are set to be completed by early July 2020.
Gleeson College Senior Learning Centre
The Catholic Church Endowment Society
- Education - $5.3M
The new Gleeson College Senior Learning Centre is the second stage of works for the college’s master plan. The new 2-storey purpose-designed Senior Learning Centre has the opportunity to not only provide a new state-of-the-art Senior Learning Centre facility for student use, but to also integrate student support and other associated campus-wide services within this building.
This new facility comprises of the following main areas:
- Foyer / Gallery
- Student Services
- Staff Offices
- Breakout Areas (Indoor & Outdoor)
- Kitchen Café
- Learning Areas (8 off)
- Flexible Meeting & Breakout facilities
- Student Hub
- Think Tank
And externally this project also adds to the wider amenity of the site with a new student carpark, site entry and a series of terraced landscape beds leading down to the oval.
It has been part of the College’s brief that the new building be an `iconic’ building for the campus, particularly due to its siting to the front of the campus, whilst ensuring that it is complimentary to the existing campus style and the surrounding building forms. With the striking design and material selections this project certainly hits that brief.
Construction commenced in July 2019 with an expected completion date of March 2020.
Wilderness School Learning Commons
- Education - $10M
Sarah Constructions and Wilderness School have formed a great working relationship based on trust, honesty and adaptability over the past 10 years and delivered multiple successful projects.
Real estate is scarce on the prestigious Medindie campus making the logistics and methodology of the Learning Commons project challenging but with diligent planning, organisation and continuous communication with the School, the project team are able to deliver on their promises.
The $10M project will provide a flexible and innovative learning space for all students from reception to Year 12. The upgrade consists of 3 stages to ensure the operation of the School is maintained:.
- Stage 1 has a rapid program over the Christmas Holidays ready for Term 1 2019 consisting of refurbishing existing classrooms and creating new Maths, Multi-Media & LOTE spaces. Temporary accommodation was also placed to generate spaces for offices and classrooms which ensured the day-to-day business was preserved
- Within Stage 2, a temporary engineer was engaged to assist with the structural demolition and alterations to ensure the safety of our employees and subcontractors was upheld. The existing building was completely demolished with only the ground floor and suspended slabs remaining and a new structure was assembled for support. This allowed a new dynamic to the space and created enhanced and flexible classrooms.
- Stage 3 involved the construction of a new 3 storey building. This building is located at the main entrance on Hawkers Rd and welcomes a new vision of learning and thinking for it’s students creating a place of technology, innovation and creativity.
The vision of the spaces is a reflection on the design and construction. A soft tone of basket range stone coupled with a complementary metal cladding provides a sense of welcome for its students and teachers. Multiple external courtyards have been created by the new development forming and encouraging gathering spots to socialise and quiet study. The Learning Commons building provides an aesthetically pleasing appearance internally with terrazzo, American oak joinery, open voids, feature staircases and a fire place making this project a landmark development within the Education Sector.
ACH ViTA at Healthia
- Health/ Aged Care - $37.5M
Sarah Constructions have been selected as preferred builder for the new 1200 square metre ViTA facility by ACH Group. ViTA will form part of a larger Healthia development incorporating residential aged care services, community and health related services and education partnerships as a health and well being precinct within the City of Playford Health Precinct.
The Healthia site is located in Elizabeth South, adjacent to the Lyell McEwin Hospital. It will be a multi-purpose facility with a care delivery service built on the ACH Group model of Good Lives for People which fosters an emphasis on restorative care and enablement programs.
At a high level, the 5 Storey ViTA at Healthia design brief provides for:
- 85 bed residential aged care facility and associated facilities
- 15 apartments for disabled persons with eligible plans funded under the NDIS
- Associated services including a café, hairdresser and resident gym
- Health and wellbeing space
- Retail tenancies at ground floor
- Community & private open spaces
- Resident, staff and visitor parking
You can find out more about this innovative project here.
Hectorville Sports & Community Club
City of Campbelltown
- Recreational - $3M
Construction has commenced on the Hectorville Sports & Community Club, incorporating both junior and senior Cricket, Netball, Australian Rules Football, Tennis and a Female Fitness group area. The existing building will undergo a major renovation including the refurbishment of the 40 year old ground floor male, female and accessible public toilets and change rooms.
The new facilities will include a balcony overlooking the tennis and netball courts providing a better spectator experience, together with an extension to the existing building that incorporates new umpire facilities and unisex change rooms. The first floor refurbishment and extensions include new toilets, kitchen facilities, plus dining and lounge areas for club patrons to enjoy. A new café will also be incorporated in the ground floor extension servicing club and community users.
Works are set to be completed by September 2020.
- Retail - $10M+ (Collective Value)
Sarah’s customer-focused team of supermarket specialists has worked closely with ALDI, providing tailored projects to suit the discount chain’s specific needs. By working closely with local management, Sarah ensured store fit-outs meet strict timeframes set by ALDI group management based in Germany.
Some of the ALDI projects, include:
- ALDI Nuriootpa – With a Christmas deadline project delivery was accelerated allowing ALDI to open for trade over the Christmas period. Sarah’s ability to integrate fit out with base build allowed for a quick build and successful project outcome for the client.
- ALDI Modbury – this project needed to be of the highest quality, but in a very short time frame. Sarah also needed to manage and monitor ALDI’s nominated trade subcontractors, to ensure they could meet the strict programme requirements.
- ALDI Parafield Gardens – one of the first ALDI supermarkets to be built in SA and included the new 2000m2 building, storm water drainage and car park.
- ALDI Hallett Cove – a complicated project that required Sarah to re-route deliveries for other tenants / shop keepers, due to the redesign of the existing car park.
- ALDI Blackwood – The design of this project incorporated a post tensioned suspended slab for undercover car parking, precast concrete, structural steel and a lift. To accommodate the restricted site area of the project, the ALDI Blackwood project team were able to sequence construction works in multiple stages.
- Retail - $30M+ (Collective Value)
Woolworths has a long term and on-going relationship with Sarah – recognising us as the construction company with the experience and dedicated team to deliver successful store builds and fit-outs – fast!
Sarah continues to work with Woolworths on a number of projects, including being involved with design, cost management and programming. Woolworths require a high level of communication from Sarah on these projects, to ensure minimal disruptions to everyday trade within the supermarkets.
Significant projects include the 6450m2 Woolworths Shopping Centre at “Playford Alive” ($16 million), Aberfoyle Park ($4.4 million), Waikerie Tenancy ($3 million) and Golden Grove ($2.9 million). Sarah delivered all of them on time. In fact, the Golden Grove project was completed in just 11 weeks and the Playford project was delivered well ahead of schedule, despite losing 18 days due to inclement weather.
Like other supermarkets and retails stores, Woolworths has strict conditions about keeping its stores fully operational, even when significant refurbishments are taking place. That’s why Woolworths came to Sarah in the first place: because of our flexible, customer-focused approach and significant amount of experience delivering on these type of jobs.
- Retail - $50M+
Sarah has worked extremely hard to establish a strong relationship with Coles Supermarkets and has developed substantial retail experience to deliver successful store builds and fit-outs. On countless occasions, Sarah has also shown how to “go the extra yard” for Coles.
As a result of this strong working relationship, Coles has awarded Sarah multiple extension, refurbishment and fit-out programmes throughout South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania. Sarah has delivered these projects successfully, every time.
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