Construction on a new school at Angle Vale, South Australia, is contributing to a jobs boost for the state’s construction industry.
Along with projects at Aldinga and Whyalla, the builder Sarah Constructions estimates more than 1000 jobs will be created across the life of the three projects.
The new school will be located on Riverbanks Road and will accommodate up to 1675 students, including 100 places for students with a disability and a 75-place children’s centre. It is set to open in Term 1, 2022.
SA Education Minister John Gardner said the construction jobs boost was critical to the state’s economy at this time.
“We know that South Australia is facing many challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and the construction of this school will provide a much-needed jobs boost for our state,” Gardner said.
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“This project forms part of our Government’s record $1.3 billion education capital works investment that is set to underpin thousands of the jobs across the state, while delivering a generational upgrade of schools across South Australia.
“With population growth in the outer northern suburbs of Adelaide projected to grow substantially in the coming years, this new school will meet new demand and ease enrolment pressure on neighbouring government schools.”
Sarah Constructions CEO Adrian Esplin said the project was on track for success.
“It’s fantastic to break ground on the Angle Vale Schools PPP project. The collaborative foundation between all TESA members and State has this project well on track for success,” Esplin said.
“Our people are thrilled to be working on such a bespoke, innovative education project, setting a new benchmark for education facilities in the state.
“The northern region is very important to our business, with the majority of trade contractors, suppliers and well as our staff located in this region. Our people will feel a strong connectivity to this project, ensuring a quality of delivery that will stand for future generations.”