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Aspire Schools, QLD

Aspire Schools

The South East Queensland Schools Project is a key initiative of the Department of Education Training and Employment (DETE) to provide public education facilities in the rapidly growing South East Queensland Corridor.

Within this project, seven new schools were delivered through Aspire Schools, under Queensland’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework – six primary schools (BayView, Peregian Springs, Augusta, Woodlinks, Coomera Rivers and Brightwater), and one secondary school (Murrumba Downs State Secondary College).

Aspire Schools was established by Leighton Contractors and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, with the design and construction phase delivered by Broad Construction Services, a subsidiary of Leighton Contractors.

Scope

Construction started in 2009, with two schools opened in January 2010, three schools in January 2011, and the remaining two schools opened in January 2012. Second stages for each of the schools were delivered progressively between 2012 and 2014. In addition to the original scope, each of the primary schools was provided with multi-purpose halls. All works were completed within the original contract timetable.

A Community Focus

Driven by Leighton Contractors’ commitment to supporting local communities, our team worked with Woodlinks State School to assist them in the delivery of their Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program. This included an upgrade of the vegetable gardens and chicken coops to enable the school to provide additional learning outcomes.

Design Overview

Aspire Schools’ designs provided a balance between aesthetics, functionality and value for money, while recognising local land form and environment. Each campus design incorporates sustainability strategies matched with solutions that deliver high amenity.

These Queensland ‘schools of the future’ have state-of-the-art facilities and innovative design features that provide a stimulating and conducive environment for learning.

All of the Aspire Schools have been awarded a minimum 4 Star Green Star Education Design and As Built v1 rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Two of the schools were the first nationally to be awarded under the Green Star Education rating, while Coomera Rivers was the first state school nationally to achieve a 5 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 certification. In all, Broad Construction Services completed 14 Green Star submissions covering each of the schools – seven for ‘Design’ and seven for ‘As Built’.

Some of the environmental design features include:

  • northern orientation of buildings to optimise winter heat and reduce summer sun
  • inclusion of sun screens to allow the passage of cooling breezes, while filtering sun and glare
  • harvesting of storm water for irrigation and toilet amenities
  • application of electrical monitoring technology to reduce energy use (such as auto light and service shut down)

Awards

  • 2009 Project Finance Magazine: Asia Pacific PPP Deal of the Year
  • 2012 Master Builders Sunshine Coast Housing and Construction Awards: Excellence in Sustainable Building
  • 2012 Master Builders Brisbane Housing and Construction Awards: Health and Education Facilities over $20 million
  • 2011 Master Builders Gold Coast Housing and Construction Awards: Excellence in Sustainable Building
  • 2011 Master Builders Gold Coast Housing and Construction Awards: Health and Education Facilities over $15 million
  • 2010 Sunshine Coast Housing and Construction Awards: Excellence in Sustainable Building
  • 2010 Sunshine Coast Housing and Construction Awards: Health and Education Facilities over $15 million