Lakelands Primary School welcomed 500 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 following extensive works by Pindan to expand one of Mandurah’s newest primary schools. While the school ofﬁcially opened for Kindergarten and Pre- primary – with students accommodated in transportable classrooms – Pindan created purpose-built, permanent facilities. The majority of the $12m project was completed ahead of schedule and included 16 general classrooms; an art and craft room; library resource centre; canteen; covered assembly area; staff room, conference room; hardcourts, oval and cricket practice nets.
Works to remove the transportable buildings and extend the existing carpark followed and were completed before the new school year began.
Gavin Bell, Pindan’s Construction Manager for the South West, said open communication between the client, design team and tradespeople was crucial for such an involved project.
“Restricted access, a shortage of bricklayers during the construction period and the site’s proximity to an established residential development and high school meant we had to closely monitor the progress of works and anticipate issues before they arose,” he said.
“All parties worked tirelessly and efficiently to meet the construction schedule.”
Principal of Lakelands Primary School, Jim Bell, said he had been involved with the construction of three schools during his career and none had been managed as well as Lakelands.
“Despite the tight deadline, this was by far the smoothest build I’ve experienced, thanks to the professional approach of the Pindan team and in particular, Site Manager Pieter Zeeman and Project Manager KC Leu,” he said.
“It takes about 12 months to build the average home so it was a mammoth task to construct an entire school in just 10 months,” he added.
Impressed local residents also praised Pindan for their efforts, with one describing the project as ‘professional and well executed’.
“I live very close to the construction site of Lakelands Primary School,” Tony Williams wrote.
“The construction happening around another school, and a very busy main road, could have caused some logistical nightmares. This you managed successfully.
“The appearance and finishing are second to none and I believe this is one of the best looking schools in Mandurah.”
Cliff Carr, Principal Project Ofﬁcer Facilities Program Delivery at the Department of Education, echoed these sentiments, congratulating all parties involved.
“The neighbour’s positive comments are indeed a reﬂection of the professional approach undertaken by the Pindan team involved with this particular project,” he said.
“The end product is a testament to your efforts and consistent with your previous project at the (award winning) Tuart Forest Primary School.
“I also congratulate the staff at T&Z and Building Management and Works in this regard as they too have identiﬁed all issues, risks and concerns and addressed them thoroughly and such that the project timelines were met, without compromising the design integrity and quality of school.”