Waitara East Primary School

The project involves extensive works which have been undertaken in two stages which is approximately 99% complete. The scope of the project includes reroofing with both coloursteel and TPO membrane, a number of window replacements, replacement of some decayed timber framing, seismic strengthening to wall framing, roofs, complete refurbishment of Principal’s office and admin areas, and partial refurbishments of a further admin areas including the staff room and kitchen areas, and recladding of areas where direct fixed hardies products were used from the mid 1990’s. A conversion of an old boiler room to useable space for the school has been included as part of this work.


All stages of the project have been enclosed in a full scaffold and shrinkwrap system which has allowed continued construction throughout a sustained period of extreme weather. The shrinkwrap has been tested a number of times during excessive high winds, with only minor damage being sustained.


Asbestos removal to a number of soffits was carried out, out-of school hours, and to new MoE and Worksafe guidelines. All air tests were carried out prior, during and following completion, with all passed. The new MoE guidelines were adopted during this project which involve greater communication to the surrounding properties via newsletters and/or letter drops.


Extensive reroofing with both coloursteel and TPO membrane has been 85% completed. Prior to the installation of the TPO, extensive reframing of the roof was required for strengthening and repitching to suit current construction standards.


Seismic strengthening has been carried out throughout the structure, including brace line installation and fixings to meet current code requirements. A number of poor construction methods and renovations have been discovered during the work which have required rectification.


Complete refurbishment of Principal’s office and admin areas, to both the interior and exterior has delivered a new entrance for the school.


As is normal with a project which is carried out whilst the school is fully operational, the major challenge to this project is the interaction with school’s staff, pupils and other stakeholders. Southcoast have continued to work on a daily basis with the school’s staff to minimise the disruption. At all times the requirements of the school have been met.


Whilst on site we have provided support to the Engineer and the school with water ingress issues in other buildings not in the scope of the contract.


The success of the project can be demonstrated on arrival to the school, which shows a refurbished block which is now a safe weathertight school facility for all to use. The admin staff now have a high standard office space to work from, which is now clad in timber weatherboards to match the remainder of repainted building and the pupils are removed from potential problems relating from leaking roofs and cladding.


Southcoast delivered approximately 40% of the project from its own resources to date.


Southcoast engage a number of specialist subcontractors such as TPO authorised installer, Coloursteel roofing and flashings, and asbestos removers in addition to the traditional subcontractors i.e. painters etc of which a number are Waitara based.


Clive Poles-Smith is the Project Manager for this project with all of Southcoast staff supporting delivery of the works. Nick Moon acts as Construction Manager being responsible for the site based staff delivery and quality on the Project. Kane Facey is the Site Manager on this project.