Forrestdale South West Primary School – Stage 2


Aspiri Promenade, Forrestdale, WA


$11.6 million


Oldfield Knott

Project snapshot

Designed by Oldfield Knott, Stage 2 at Forrestdale Primary School required the construction of 8 single storey buildings: a central administration building, a covered assembly, a library and 5 teaching blocks. The balance of the works involved external hard and soft landscaping.

We won the project through a competitive tender process.

Overcoming challenges

  • This project required us to undertake construction in the middle of a built-up area, creating numerous safety and logistical issues which our responsive team worked together to overcome.
  • Dewatering acid sulphate soils posed a significant challenge, which we overcame by changing our construction sequence.

Features of development

The Stage 2 primary school site is 26,000m2. All internal walls are light steel stud framed and lined in plasterboard with the only exception being toilet walls which are brick and plaster. The 8 buildings are concrete ground slab and structural steel frame with face brick external wall and metal deck roof cover.

The buildings are based on the standard pattern design that the Department of Education and BMW have adopted in recent times for new government schools.

The hard landscaping works comprised a school carpark, sports courts, bike rack area, additional car bays to surrounding roads to create kiss and drop areas, interlinking paved pathways between buildings and general play equipment/areas. The soft landscaping works comprised a bore for irrigation, irrigation, large open grassed areas and some smaller planted out garden areas.

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