Neville Bonner Primary School, ACT

client ACT Government, Department of Education & Training

location Bonner, ACT

project value $30 million

area 11,000m2

role architecture (construction phase)

completion date July, 2013

peckvonhartel were appointed by the ACT Government (through the Department of Education & Training) to provide architectural consultancy for construction phase of Neville Bonner Primary School. The primary school provides pre-school and primary school facilities for families in the North Gungahlin region, especially in the growing suburbs of Bonner and Forde.

Our services commenced in the last stage of the project (phase four construction), and were critical in delivering the school to the compressed and challenging 10 month programme, in line with the commencement of the school year. peckvonhartel’s comprehensive review of the construction documentation on appointment and collaborated with Rudds (Building Services Engineers) and St Hilliers (Construction Managers) to ensure the design intent was retained throughout all value management processes in the construction phase.

Our consultancy was focused on advising the department of the risks and benefits to all value management solutions, empowering them to make timely and critical project decisions. At the conclusion of the project, the ACT Government reported a total project construction savings of $14 million.

The phase four scope of works was extensive and involved co-ordination of multi-disciplinary service packages and a considered approach to resolve construction and design elements. peckvonhartel successfully navigated a two stage amended development application. The team also worked with consultants to complete a Green Star Review; the school was designed to target a 5 Star Green Star Educational V1 Design Rating.

The team also completed the design development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Learning Centre, and integrated an Indigenous art works package. These extended works were in support of the school’s cultural and historical connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The landscape areas provide distinct ‘horticulture learning zones’, focused on native or traditional food, medicinal plants and food preparation.

Following the successful delivery of this project, peckvonhartel was subsequently engaged to deliver another package of works include a new cladding solution for Building B, roof remediation works and an external signage solution.