Contracters break ground at school
It’s getting down to the business end of construction at Freemans Bay School.
Due to the school’s small site, several months have been spent shifting classrooms and organising utilities, but builders can finally pick up their tools.
‘‘This is a big milestone for the school, which needs a significant rebuild to accommodate roll growth and remediate leaky buildings,’’ associate education minister Nikki Kaye says.
The $19.2 million development will see the school almost entirely rebuilt. Most of the buildings were built in the 60s and 70s which have developed watertightness issues and contain asbestos.
Freemans Bay School Board of Trustees chairman Peter Bateman says the interior design details of new buildings have now been finalised.
The new buildings include a hall, administration block, library and a two-storey learning block. Once complete, the school will be able to cater to a roll of 600 pupils and allow for a future capacity for 1200 if necessary.
The redevelopment is due to be completed by the end of 2017. This will enable the new facilities to be used from the start of Term 1 in 2018.
Bateman says work on demolishing the school’s old buildings will begin during the summer holidays.
Freemans Bay School principal Sandra Jenkins and Board of Trustees chairman Peter Bateman.