South Australia Schools PPP


South Australia Schools Public Private Partnership, Australia

The SA Government builds two new Birth to Year 12 schools

  • Aurecon’s role: Technical Advisor for the procurement, design, construction and completion phases of two new schools in South Australia
  • Client: South Australia’s Department of Treasury and Finance and South Australia’s Department for Education
  • Project team: TESA Education (Tetris Capital, Dutch Infrastructure Fund, Sarah Construction and ISS Services)

South Australian Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) provides modern and contemporary learning environments with strong connections between indoor and outdoor learning spaces.

Initially, each school will accommodate 1675 students including 100 inclusive school students, as well as a 75-place children's centre. One school will be located in the Angle Vale region (North of Adelaide), with the other located in the Aldinga region (South of Adelaide), in South Australia.

As the South Australian Department for Education’s Technical Advisor for the PPP Project, Aurecon’s role spans the entire PPP process of each school including the procurement, design, construction and completion phases, in time for the start of the 2022 academic year.

Collaboration with multiple stakeholders

Aurecon plays a large part in the stakeholder engagement of the PPP process, managing priorities of multiple stakeholders including consultant, State and Commonwealth Government. By removing technically complex barriers, Aurecon navigates the needs of all stakeholders to drive best-for-project outcomes.

With a proactive focus on the identification and management of project risks, Aurecon’s role is a trusted technical advisor with all stakeholders, combining strategic, commercial and technical thinking to achieve value for money outcomes.

Enabling contemporary pedagogy

With an intimate understanding of PPPs in Australia and New Zealand, and the Department for Education’s sector and school building design standards, Aurecon assists the client’s project team through the selection, appointment and negotiations of preferred proponents that include the development of concept designs for each school.

As a key contributor to the development of the PPP Expression of Interest (EOI) and Request for Proposal (RfP), Aurecon leverages its well-established functional and technical frameworks to ensure that the State’s contemporary education pedagogy is strategically enabled by the technical requirements of the Agreement.

The team also ensures that each school building is constructed and commissioned according to State requirements and operational conditions.

Leading infrastructure works

With an upfront understanding of site infrastructure works (roads, water, sewer and communications) underpinning the success of the PPP delivery, Aurecon delivers preliminary technical risk assessments for each site – enabling the State to successfully understand it’s risk profile within the Procurement Phase.

Aurecon continues to work closely with the Department of Treasury and Finance to navigate key infrastructure works challenges to ensure delivery of each school for the start of the 2022 school year.

For the building works, Aurecon provides technical advice on how the education building design conditions are meeting the PPP’s design and construction process, to ensure the State Government is achieving value for money.

At a glance, the key features of both schools include:

  • A modern and contemporary learning environment with strong connections between internal and external learning spaces focused on inclusivity
  • A focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies to educate students for jobs of the future
  • Integration and connection of learning and teaching environments for children, students and staff from Birth to Year 12
  • A 300-seat performing arts centre and an entrepreneurial hub
  • Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) principles to aim for achieving a 5-Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia

The new schools project will provide modern educational facilities in fast-growing regions of South Australia with a construction cost of AUD 233 million over two years.

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