Servicing the growing needs for students at Sydney Catholic Schools

A fast-growing school, St. Christopher’s Catholic Primary School, Panania needed to increase the student facilities on site. Pepper was part of a multi-phase redevelopment to upgrade and expand the school facilities in a tight space reinventing the school to reflect the fast-growing environment and showcase the progressive and contemporary nature of the school.

To keep learning space constantly available, the work was delivered in phases with students being temporarily housed in demountables during the different phases of the project. While the temporary buildings did fill a gap, these aren’t the most ideal learning environments for students, so it was vital that the projects ran smoothly and on time to minimise the disruption to the students.

The Client's main objectives:

  • Update the school’s learning spaces
  • Maintaining play spaces
  • Minimum disruption to the school children
  • Highest level of safety for the operating site
Sydney Catholic Schools Panania
Sydney Catholic Schools Panania

The Pepper Property Solution

There were three keys to success. First, was expertise in running an operational site. Any building works in operating schools require the highest safety procedures, even more so in a primary school, to ensure everything is contained and access is restricted.

Second, success lay in assisting the consultant team and the contractor in developing and implementing a number of value engineering options for the project to deliver a state of the art new facility for the growing school population.

The third requirement was to be extremely hands on. Due to the sheer number of stakeholders and complexity of the project, it was crucial that Pepper played a highly involved role in delivery. This meant careful management of the builder, AV contractor, the school and SCS IT, for delivery of a functional solution that met – and exceeded - school needs and expectations. All this helped to ensure a smooth transition between the Stage 2 and Stage 3 projects that were designed to adjoin each other, with Stage 3 scheduled to commence hard on the heels of the Stage 2 project.

Outcomes delivered:

  • The hands-on work with the consultant team and the contractor meant a successful handover of the project within budget and well ahead of the forecasted handover date. This also meant that the temporary demountables on site could be relocated to other SCS schools in need much earlier than anticipated
  • Despite a number of on-site issues, the project was successfully delivered within budget and marked the end of the multi-phase redevelopment for the capital works upgrade of the school

As one of the first projects delivered for Sydney Catholic Schools from tender through to hand-over, successful delivery under budget and ahead of schedule has meant that Pepper and Sydney Catholic Schools will be working together for some time. A great outcome.