Building Teaching Block 3
When our school was originally designed the
plans showed three teaching blocks. For some reason only two were
built in 1988 and since then transportable classrooms have been used as the
additional classroom spaces.
In 2009 (following the Global Financial Crisis) the Australian Government announced the Building the Education Revolution - Economic Stimulus Plan which would see construction at all Primary Schools in the country.
School communities had to prioritise their building needs and given that Banksia Park Primary School already had an Enclosed Covered Assembly Area / Performing Arts Centre, Library, Music Room and Art Room the School Council, P&C and Staff decided that it was now time to complete the original plan and build an additional Teaching Block.
This project was approved and was funded by the Australian Government through Building the Education Revolution which is part of the Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan. Click here for more information about this Plan.
Banksia Park Primary School was required to use a standard WA "Generic Brief" design for the new Teaching Block and, following a Tender process that was managed by the WA Department of Education, Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland Architects and JCP Constructions were commissioned to undertake the works.
The community was keen to retain as much of the native bushland as possible so it was necessary to redraw the original plans and temporarily relocate the transportable classrooms onto the oval whilst the construction of the new building was undertaken. Thus, in late 2009 this was done and the building of Teaching Block 3 began - in the 21st year of our school.
The work was completed and the building officially "handed over" to the school on 6 October 2010 following a final inspection by the architect, builder, BMW representative and School Principal. The students and their teachers moved into their new classrooms during the first week of Term 4 in 2010.
On 9 November 2010 the school was visited by Mr David Chandler - Deputy Chairperson of the Australia Government's BER Taskforce. Banksia Park Primary School was one of a random sample of Western Australian government schools inspected by this Taskforce. Click here to see this Report.
The Official Opening of Block 3 occurred on Friday 1 April 2011. See Pictures and Speeches from the Official Opening Ceremony.
Our sincere thanks to Ms Rebecca Carrick (Architect) and Mr Peter "Peco" Angeliski (Site Manager) who were responsible for the construction of Teaching Block 3. Both of these played a pivotal role in ensuring that an outstanding result was achieved.
These pictures show the building's progress