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Opening of St Joseph’s Primary, Merewether

With works completed, the official opening of St Joseph’s Primary School, Merewether was held on 29 March 2012.

The project centred on the refurbishment of existing buildings, including the heritage listed St Thomas More Centre.

The work was completed in two stages, with the first being undertaken by T&J McGlynn Builders. The contract for the second stage, the refurbishment of the St Thomas More Centre, was won by J&J Killalea Constructions.

With the age of the building — affectionately known to the school as “The ’36 Building” in reference to the year in which it was completed — a number of faults needed rectifying, including concrete cancer, removal of hazardous materials, replacement of corroded wall ties, and strengthening of the roof structure.

Attention was paid to retaining the details of the building, designed by the late Newcastle architect P.J. Gannon. For example, an original blackboard has been reinstalled, door furniture cleaned and left in place, and the first floor timber folding partition walls made operational.

There was some anxiety over the expected budget for the project. However, Morrell Architects were able to complete both stages within the given budget as a result of the close working relationship between the contractor, consultants, and client.

The project is another good example of value for money being achieved through architect controlled lump sum tendering.

The consultants for the project were:

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