Recently, SHAPE was engaged by The Department for Education (DFE) to deliver a $15.5 million redevelopment of Golden Grove High School (GGHS) in Adelaide’s north-east. The project included the construction of two new two-storey buildings, one comprised of general learning areas for Year 7 and Year 8 students, the other a performing arts centre. With the works taking place in an occupied high school, GGHS and SHAPE saw an opportunity to provide learning experiences for senior students. This led to SHAPE engaging 300 students in the Golden Grove redevelopment to consult on the design.
The performing arts building consisted of a dance studio with change rooms, two large drama rooms, a teachers’ room on the ground floor, a Year 12 area on the first floor, and a lift. The Year 7/8 building consisted of several multipurpose classrooms, toilets, teachers’ rooms, a large gallery space for classroom presentations, and a lift. The landscaped areas between the two buildings tied them together and consisted of a spacious grass mound area alongside tiered seating area that faced a timber stage for outdoor classes. The main distribution board was also replaced, and an extension was added to the carpark, which SHAPE coordinated during the school holiday period.
During the design delivery phase, SHAPE worked closely with the consultant team and the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) to complete buildability and value management investigations. This phase involved numerous workshops and the team worked closely with preferred subcontractors to maximise value-for-money. Through this process, SHAPE was able to achieve significant cost savings while ensuring the buildings met the needs of GGHS and without compromising the design intent.