Fitout & Refurbishment

Kambala School, Alexander and Hawthorne Buildings

Contract Type
Construction Management
Kambala School
Project Manager
Carmichael Tompkins Property Group Pty Ltd (CTPG)
Allen Jack + Cottier Architecture

Next was engaged by repeat client, Kambala School, to undertake the refurbishment and fitout to the Alexander and Hawthorne buildings as well as the complete replacement of 422m2 of non-compliant cladding to Hampshire House, Kambala’s purpose-built Early Learning Centre.

The project, was delivered within a tight two month time frame, with all major works undertaken during the summer break prior to the school reopening. It provides engaging and supportive learning spaces for Kambala students ranging from pre K to 12.

The Hawthorne and Alexander Building works involved a full strip out and replacement of finishes throughout both two storey buildings. Features of the fitout included new structural steel columns to create open plan spaces for students. These spaces are simultaneously dynamic, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Works included installation of brightly coloured carpet and pin boards, acoustic ceilings and wall panelling, spot feature lighting and high-class finishes to several administration offices, corridors, classrooms and learning spaces. Whiteboards, projectors and other audio visual equipment was also installed.

Focal points of the refurbishment included a curved stone-topped reception desk, custom joinery of seating and storage, operable glass sliding doors to bring in natural light, colourful splashback and custom benchtop in the new staff kitchen.

The colourful and quality details and finishes aims to enhance the students’ learning experience and fit the design brief to create collaborative and engaging learning areas that benefit both students and staff.

Critical to winning the contract was Next’s proven expertise delivering projects for Kambala School. Effective programming allowed the major works of the project to be undertaken during the school summer break to minimise disruption to students and staff.

Meticulous planning and program coordination was required to complete the cladding works in a 4 week period prior to the Early Learning Centre reopening in early January. Out of hours work and multiple crews were critical in ensuring these works were completed within the construction time frame. Next managed the program effectively and were proactive in ensuring the safety of students and staff was the highest priority.

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