Joseph Banks Secondary College


Cnr Pinjar Rd & Splendens Avenue, Banksia Grove, WA


$41.8 million


T&Z Architects

Project snapshot

As one of the most accomplished education sector builders in WA, PACT was a strong candidate when the Joseph Banks Secondary College project went to tender. Despite strong competition, we won the project.

The building’s facilities include a learning community and admin building; performing arts centre; café and library; material technology / IT / food and technology building; health and physical education building; sports oval / football / rugby ground; netball / basketball / tennis courts; cricket pitch and nets plus extensive soft and hard landscaping works. It was designed by T&Z Architects.

Overcoming challenges

  • With only 60 weeks to complete this project, two project teams were run in parallel to accelerate the program. The project was handed over in stages to accommodate the school’s needs while an external programmer was utilised to assist the project team in tracking progress.
  • Working in close proximity to the local community and a nearby housing estate posed major challenges. Our project team communicated with residents through letterbox drops and phone calls and no complaints about dust were received.


  • Innovative stormwater drainage system: All stormwater collected on site is recycled via an underground harvesting pond which can hold 1 million litres of water.
  •  Environmentally sustainable design: Features include louvre glass blade windows (to promote natural air flow), an evaporative air conditioning system (controlled by the Building Management System, which monitors air temperature, wind speed and humidity), solar panels for power, hot water and car park lighting plus a seven-metre diameter fan in the gymnasium.

Features of development

This project utilised a tilt-up panel construction method with conventional posts and beams.

Materials utilised were general blended concrete and extensive special mix (coloured concrete) with honed finish, steel trowel, wood float, broom finish and exposed aggregate finish. Other materials incorporated include face block, honed blocks, some reinforced block work plus Vitrabond coloured and Supawood acoustic panels.

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