Architects named in WA school building blitz

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Western Australia The government has announced the appointment of lead architects on five education projects across the state, part of a multi-million school construction blitz it promised in the 2021 election.

On June 14, 2022, Education Minister Sue Ellery announced the appointment of MCG Architects to design the new design and technology block at Eaton Community College. Scheduled for completion in early 2024, the $7 million block is expected to include a commercial and domestic food studio, as well as a new cafe and textile studio.

Ellery has announced the appointment of Fremantle-based architects Armstrong Collective on June 15 to design the improved staging area at Kewdale Primary School. The million-dollar project includes fitting out the covered staging area with specialized sports flooring for physical education and technology for future audio-visual systems. Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of 2024.

The Minister of Education also announced the appointment of The Architecture Group for a $6.3 million upgrade of Balga High School to design the new facilities. The upgrade will include a new performing arts faculty and renovated STEM classrooms.

Architect Parry and Rosenthal has been selected to design $13.9 million upgrades to Greenwood College in Kingsley. The project includes a new gym, dance and theater space, and STEM lab, and is expected to be completed by mid-2024.

Hodge Collard Preston Architects has been appointed to design a $1.5 million upgrade to Huntingdale Elementary School, involving the renovation of two general learning blocks and two toilet blocks. The upgrades will be completed by the end of 2024.

In the 2022-23 State Budget, the Government of Western Australia allocated a total of $595 million in funding for new and upgraded facilities to improve outcomes for Western Australian students. The total cost of investment in school education is 4.7% compared to the previous year.

“The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring that public schools in Western Australia have the resources they need to provide students with the best possible learning experiences,” the Education Minister said.

“Our significant investment in new school facilities and improvements continues, recognizing the value of modern, fit-for-purpose learning areas in providing a quality education and preparing students for a successful life.”

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