Commencing form a greenfield site in March of 2014 it was always going to be a challenge to have a new school open for the start of the 2015 school year, but that was the task ahead of the St Aloysius Primary School at Chisholm.
The project consisted of 5 separate buildings comprising administration building, 8 general purpose learning areas, a Multi-purpose Hall, and a separate Multi-purpose building, associated landscaping, roadworks and sports courts.
The Multi-purpose hall is center piece to the school and is used for everything from sport days to chapel services with the main feature a single pre-cast panel with a glazed crucifix penetration standing 12 m high. The hall itself holds the canteen, amenities and various store rooms. At the rear of the hall large operable open the space directly onto the COLA.
The 8 General Purpose learning areas are housed in two separate building with the rooms divided by operable walls providing flexibility and all class rooms opening onto outdoor covered areas.
As integral to the new school as the classrooms, the external works play a large part of the schools day to day life. This component of the works consisted of detailed batters and swale drains to shed stormwater run off, grassed play areas, formal sports courts and car parking.
Despite suffering 8 weeks in delay North Construction managed to open the school for the beginning of 2015.
Catholic Schools Office - Diocese of Maitland - Newcastle
Quinn O' Hanlan