Finance delivered more than 75 infrastructure projects, with a total value of approximately $480 million, on behalf of other government agencies this year.

We also actioned over 160,000 maintenance requests across more than 2,500 non-residential government sites across the State.

Southern Grove Primary School
Southern Grove Primary School

New schools delivered for 2019

Six new schools, with a total works value in excess of $160 million, were delivered by Finance ahead of the 2019 school year.

The four new primary schools included:

  • the $16.8 million Aspiri Primary School in Piara Waters;
  • Aveley North Primary School valued at more than $21.5 million;
  • the $18.5 million Oakwood Primary School located near Mandurah; and
  • the $17.5 million Southern Grove Primary School.

The two secondary schools that were constructed and delivered this year included:

  • Stage 1 of Ridge View Secondary College valued at $40.6 million, which included the development of classrooms, a library, sports hall and specialist facilities including information technology workshops; and
  • Stage 2 of the Shenton College works valued at $46.18 million, which included the development of new facilities that will cater for an additional 1,000 students.

Stage 1 of the Coastal Lakes College project, which is being delivered through the WA Schools Public Private Partnership, was also completed this year.

Science in schools

In addition to the new schools delivered on behalf of the Department of Education this year, Finance also successfully delivered the first two stages of the four-year Science in Schools program.

The program will deliver new science laboratories for the refurbishment of existing science laboratories at up to 200 schools across WA to promote the take up of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by students.

This year Finance completed works at 48 schools (34 metropolitan and 14 regional schools) with a total value of approximately $2.5 million.

This adds to the work at 49 schools in the previous financial year valued at $3 million.

Finance has commenced planning the third and final stage of the program involving 51 schools (33 metropolitan and 18 regional schools) to be delivered in 2019-2020.

Coastal Lake College
Coastal Lake College

Southern Inland Health Initiative

In 2018-19, there were a number of significant achievements across the Southern Inland Health Initiative:

  • Stream 2: practical completion was reached on the Katanning Health Service, Warren Hospital and Merredin Hospital projects;
  • Stream 3: practical completion was reached on the hospitals at Pingelly and Cunderdin; and
  • Stream 4: the completion of the 24 Small Hospital and Health Services.

The focus for 2019-20 will be the completion of Stream 2 construction at Northam and Narrogin.

Karratha Health Campus opens

The works to deliver the Karratha Health Campus were completed this year with the Premier officially opening the $173.15 million facility in October 2018.

The Karratha Health Campus, which replaced the ageing Nickol Bay Hospital, incorporates an expanded emergency department, a brand new surgical centre, a new outpatients’ area, a maternity wing and delivery suites with purpose built baths to provide pain relief for women during labour.

Finance provided project and contract management support and advice to the WA Country Health Service throughout the year and has continued to provide ongoing support following the official opening, including completing project documentation and deliverables. We will also continue to oversee the two-year defects liability period up to final completion.

karratha health campus
Karratha Health Campus

Bob Hawke College

Stage 1 construction to create the new Bob Hawke College (formerly the Inner City College) in Subiaco is on track to open for the start of the 2020 school year.

Significant construction work was completed this year including the roof and superstructures for all buildings. Work is now focused on the installation of services and completing the fit-out inside the building.

The College will be a central hub for the Subiaco community, providing important social infrastructure for Subiaco East and surrounding areas.

The College and its access points have been designed to enable and promote community use of the school facilities and grounds after hours, including the gymnasium, central courtyard, cafeteria, and teaching spaces.

Construction underway at Bob Hawke College
Construction underway at Bob Hawke College

WA Industry Participation Strategy

Finance is implementing the Government’s WA Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) through building projects to deliver local jobs and apprenticeships, and maximise opportunities for WA businesses.

Under the strategy, prospective tenderers of government contracts are now required to submit participation plans outlining their commitments to engage local industry.

Eight pilot projects have been established with five being delivered by Finance:

  • New Museum project;
  • Casuarina Prison expansion and upgrade;
  • Bunbury Prison expansion;
  • Southern River College upgrade; and
  • Melville Senior High School – new theatre project.
Artist impression of the new sports hall at Southern River College
Artist impression of the new sports hall at Southern River College

New Museum project

The New Museum for WA is the next major infrastructure project for the State and the most significant cultural infrastructure project underway in Australia. The $395.9 million project being delivered in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre is on schedule and expected to open in late 2020.

The design of the Museum includes a mix of heritage and contemporary architecture that will contribute to the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre. It will showcase Western Australia to the world, featuring new galleries that share the stories of WA’s people and places, with objects and stories about our State’s past, present and future.

A new 1,000 square metre temporary exhibition space will allow the Museum to stage large-scale special exhibitions, and dynamic and flexible multi-purpose venue spaces will contribute to Perth’s vibrant event scene.

The iconic blue whale will return in a spectacular new display, alongside world-class displays and visitor experiences. The New Museum is set to be a major attraction for local visitors and tourists to the State.

Artist impression of the New Museum
Artist impression of the New Museum

Construction progress

Construction of the New Museum reached 75 per cent completion this year with some significant milestones reached:

  • seismic strengthening of the heritage-listed buildings was completed in April 2019. The steel reinforcement brings the buildings up to the relevant, current building codes, ensuring they are preserved for generations to come;
  • heritage conservation and construction work started in mid-2018, revealing heritage features not seen before by visitors. Integrating the contemporary building with the existing buildings will allow visitors to see the heritage buildings from new vantage points, including the sheoak timber shingles installed on the Old Gaol this year. The timber roof is similar to the original material installed by convicts in the mid-1850s;
  • floating above and framing the heritage buildings, the white, perforated veil was installed on the upper level of the Museum in mid-2019. The veil shimmers and redirects sunlight as it moves over the Cultural Centre, and at night will glow from the internal lighting, illuminating the landmark facility; and
  • improved visitor access is a key feature of the Museum design and in May 2019 the staircases, escalators and two of the passenger lifts were installed. Universal access has greatly improved throughout the Museum.
new museum for wa concept
Construction is 75 per cent complete at the New Museum project
Framing the heritage building is a white perforated veil
Framing the heritage building is a white perforated veil

Construction contracts worth $30 million were awarded by the Contractor this financial year. WA companies continue to benefit from this world-class project with approximately 82 per cent of the total value of all contracts – around $131 million – expected to be awarded to WA businesses.

The construction workforce peaked in mid-2019 with around 298 workers on site, the majority of whom were WA-based. In addition, 60 local apprentices were engaged by the Contractor and its subcontractors this year, contributing to WA’s skills capabilities.

Next year the focus will turn to producing content including audio visual, interactive and graphic design for the exhibitions. The gallery fit-out and installation of internal furniture will also commence in mid-2020 ahead of the New Museum opening to the public in late-2020.

Casuarina Prison Expansion Project

Construction of the $96.6 million Casuarina Prison Expansion Project is more than 20 per cent complete and is progressing on track to meet the milestone completion dates.

Site establishment works for the project were completed in February this year with earthworks and the installation of hydraulic and electrical in-ground infrastructure services nearing completion. Concrete works and the offsite manufacture of precast concrete panels for the new accommodation units has commenced.

The new kitchen will be located in an existing building within the Prison and demolition works within that building are complete. The installation of structural steel for the new kitchen is also complete and concrete works have commenced.

The project will deliver:

  • four new accommodation units each holding 128 beds, and two new ancillary support buildings;
  • a new kitchen and meals facility which will cater for up to 2,000 inmates and 300 staff;
  • a new reception storage facility;
  • upgrades to existing visits and medical centres, substation and infrastructure; and
  • an extension of car parking facilities.
 Project drawings for the Casuarina Prison Expansion Project
Project drawings for the Casuarina Prison Expansion Project

A male Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) prison, as part of the Government’s Methamphetamine Action Plan, will also be delivered as part of the Project. Accommodation for AOD affected prisoners will be constructed in addition to a new precinct within Casuarina Prison, which will offer specialised health treatments and associated withdrawal services including education and counselling.

Construction works have been staged. The construction and commissioning of the new kitchen and meals facility are expected to be completed in October 2019 followed by the first of the accommodation units in December 2019. The design and construction of the entire project is due for completion by April 2020.

It is expected that more than 1,200 local workers will be employed on the Project including 20 apprentices.

Bunbury Regional Prison Expansion

Construction of a new 160-bed double storey accommodation unit is underway at the Bunbury Regional Prison as part of the $15.4 million expansion project.

The contract was awarded to a local Western Australian contractor in November 2018, with site works being undertaken by a Bunbury-based builder.

As part of WAIPS, more than 700 local workers have been committed to the project including 37 apprentices, who will gain valuable experience and expertise.

In addition to the expansion there will also be upgrades to the reception and educational facilities, as well as the kitchen and a dining room.

The project is expected to be completed and handed over to the Department of Justice in late-2019.

New theatre project for Melville Senior High School

Construction of a new $4.47 million theatre is underway at Melville Senior High School and will be delivered by more than 90 local workers.

The theatre will feature two connected spaces for drama and dance, both with sprung floors and divided by a movable wall, plus retractable seating for 300 people, a green room, foyer and gallery space, as well as storage and a staff study.

The works are being delivered by a local Western Australian contractor and are on schedule to be completed in late-x`2019.

Construction of a new sports hall at Southern River College

Stage 1 of the $8.4 million Southern River College upgrade – the installation of new hard courts – was completed this year.

Stage 2, the construction of a new sports hall is now underway and is on track to be completed by late-2019.

The third and final stage of the project – the refurbishment of the science and STEM facilities, a lecture theatre for 120 students and a performing arts centre with seating capacity for 250 people, will start in late-2019 and be completed by mid-2020.

Up to 190 local works will be used to deliver the project and includes 37 apprentices.

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Artist impression of the new theatre at Melville Senior High School
Artist impression of the new theatre at Melville Senior High School