Above Ground Construction Commences
A new project milestone was reached this month as above-ground construction commenced. The ground floor slab and the level 1 suspended slab were both poured and fit-out activities continued to move ahead on lower ground level 3. Around the Junior School, demolition in the areas near the walkways and the Marian Centre were completed and excavation in the external area continued.
Pictured from left to right: Ground floor slab, Level 1 formwork and LG1 walkway formwork.
Student Engagement Program Commences
This month signaled the beginning of our Student Engagement Program aimed at ensuring the girls develop an understanding of the Innovation Centre during its construction to maximise the learning opportunity that the project provides.
In the first phase of the Program, representatives from three Year 6 classes participated in a tour of the construction site and two separate tours were conducted for Year 3 students as part of their unit of work on change in their local community. The visits extended the girls’ study into the similarities and differences across our Kirribilli campus from the past, present and future.
The Program will also provide Senior School students with further opportunities for site visits later in Term 2, as well as the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops that will run throughout Terms 3 and 4.
Internal Fit-Outs Commence
Construction works began near the Junior School once overhead protection was in place. All of the lower ground level structural works were completed and work commenced on the internal fit-out in these lower ground levels. Scaffold was erected to ground floor height and preparation for the slab on this level was undertaken. Works to install the new electrical substation were also completed.
The next phase in the project will involve fit-out and finishing works to the lower ground levels and concrete pours to the ground floor and gym extension slabs.
Connection with the Junior School
A significant milestone in the realisation of the Innovation Centre was reached as we commenced the connection of our new building with the Junior School.
For the safety of our students, staff and visitors, hoarding and overhead protection were installed in designated areas of our Junior School campus and several protective measures will remain in place for the duration of the project.
Student Site Visit
A group of Year 12 students were eager to hear about the new learning opportunities available to them as a result of the Innovation Centre build, including the chance to learn about a career in the construction industry under the guidance of the project team currently on site.
First Concrete Slab Pour
Richard Crookes Constructions utilised the Christmas period to complete the detailed excavation work and construct and install the steel reinforcement cages which form the foundations of the Innovation Centre. Tonnes of reinforcement was installed and the Lower Ground 4 slab was poured on 21 January 2021.
The vertical walls, columns to Lower Ground 3, suspended slab formwork and reinforcement works were also completed in preparation for the Lower Ground 3 concrete pour.
In addition to the pouring of concrete, the old gym extension was demolished and demolition work under Centenary Hall was undertaken in preparation for the installation of new changing rooms and toilets.
Thursday 3 December 2020 saw the arrival of an 82 metre crane on the Innovation Centre construction site. The crane, which has a 55 metre arm, is required to transfer materials and equipment onto the Loreto Kirribilli site and will be utilised for the duration of the build. This significant piece of construction equipment created a great deal of excitement in Loreto Kirribilli Junior School with students invited to take part in a ‘Name the Crane’ competition. More than 250 entries were received and ‘Lottie’, put forward by Year 6 student Lucy, was selected as the winner following a vote by students and staff.
“I chose Lottie as the Bob the Builder Crane is called Lofty. In the interest of empowering women, I did the female version of Lofty which is Lottie,” explained Lucy.
Cutting of the First Sod
Thursday 12 November 2020 saw the commencement of the construction phase of the Innovation Centre. This significant project milestone was marked by a Cutting of the First Sod Ceremony, held to signal the start of the build. Principal Mrs Anna Dickinson proudly broke ground watched on by key members of the Loreto Kirribilli community, project team Bloompark Consulting and building partner Richard Crookes Constructions.
Appointment of Richard Crookes Constructions
We are very excited to announce the appointment of Richard Crookes Constructions as the construction contractor for the building of the Loreto Kirribilli Innovation Centre.
The construction of this significant building incorporates a range of dynamic, versatile learning spaces and studios. Our new Innovation Centre will also provide important connections to, and expand the use of, the Marian Centre, Centenary Hall and Gymnasium.
We are currently working closely with Richard Crookes Constructions to develop the staging plan for this significant project milestone which will see the building of our Innovation Centre through to completion. The building phase will commence after the HSC examinations in mid-November with further details about specific timeframes, activities and arrangements for the later part of 2020 and 2021 forwarded in due course.
Bulk Excavation Complete
Bulk excavation has recently been completed with a subsequent decision to postpone detailed excavation activities. These activities were originally planned to continue until mid-May 2020. As a result of this decision, the large equipment and workers have been demobilised from the site with the construction area left in a safe state until works recommence.
Further information will be provided prior to the recommencement of the detailed excavation and construction phase with timeframes continuing to be reviewed in alignment with the evolving COVID-19 situation. At this stage, we anticipate that works will remain on hold for three months and we will inform our community of any changes to this proposed timeframe. Further information will also be provided prior to the recommencement of any significant works, outlining the nature and duration of activities to be undertaken.
The COVID-19 situation continues to unfold creating ongoing changes and challenges for our families, community, businesses and the broader economy. Given the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19, the Loreto Kirribilli Board has decided to postpone the construction phase of the Innovation Centre.
Both bulk excavation and the ensuing detailed excavation activities are currently forecast for completion in mid-May 2020, dependent on weather conditions. At the conclusion of these activities the project will be postponed. Timeframes for the commencement of the construction phase will continue to be reviewed in alignment with the evolving COVID-19 situation.
A significant milestone in the excavation works was reached with a blessing ceremony held on site on 14 February, signifying the preparation for the next stage of the project.
The ceremony was led by Sr Yvonne Lamerand ibvm and attended by Principal, Mrs Anna Dickinson, Deputy Principal, Mr Daniel Mahon, other senior members of staff and the Student Executive.
Bulk Excavation Commences
The bulk excavation works commenced in late 2019 and continued over the Christmas holidays. During the last weeks of the bulk excavation, we will be finalising preparations for the start of construction. We are looking forward to starting the next phase of our project and will formally announce the successful head contractor shortly.
Early Works Package
During 2019 an early works package was undertaken in preparation for the start of excavation and construction.
In May 2019 temporary classrooms were installed onsite to provide additional learning spaces, and in the July school holidays the B-Block building, which will be the site of the Innovation Centre, was demolished.
A dedicated project team is available to answer questions about the Innovation Centre project via:
- A free call project phone line: 1800 270 644
- Email: email@example.com, or
- Mail: Loreto Kirribilli Project Enquiries, PO Box 302, North Sydney, NSW 2059