Yes. Gungahlin continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and enrolment demand continues to increase in North Gungahlin. Margaret Hendry School requires additional facilities and learning communities to accommodate the enrolment of up to an additional 600 student places over the coming decade.
The Education Directorate has been working on this project since 2021, developing an initial masterplan and preliminary sketch plans. Building Approval was received in April 2022, by the Head Contractor, Hindmarsh Construction Australia.
The expansion of Margaret Hendry School is progressing well.
The entire scope of works are now expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2023. Delays to the works have occurred due to COVID-19, wet weather, the flu, and availability of trades and building materials. These delays are occurring across the construction industry.
We are prioritising areas for completion before the start of the 2023 school year, including additional carparking. Families can be assured that the school has the facilities required to accommodate all students enrolled for 2023.
We will keep you up to date over Term 4 and look forward to sharing this new space with our community soon.
The project will provide additional capacity for up to 600 students. This incorporates the learning community with specialist areas including food technology, Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths (STEAM), and small group programs.
Additional carparking with two new carparks and a realignment of the current carpark, new outdoor learning and play areas will also be delivered in the expansion, along with a new Community Hub - a flexible space that can accommodate community activities.
Check out our latest 3D video flythrough to see what the school will look like https://youtu.be/g0_lmJmBSro
All slabs have been poured for the new buildings which is an important milestone. Structural steel is nearly complete on the new Learning Community building and the roof will be underway shortly.
Construction work has commenced on the new northern and western carparks with the new northern carpark due for completion in Term 4.
The photo below shows of the extent of the works completed on the Learning Community Building:
Construction works are enclosed by secure construction site fencing which is locked at all times. Secure viewing panels are installed within the solid site fencing to allow staff and students to watch construction works safely.
The project team have procedures in place to manage safety and undertake regular emergency drills to safeguard against high-risk events.