A reverse-build approach tackles inclement weather challenges
Construction began on this project in December 2020 and is now nearing completion. Using a reverse-build technique of installing pool structural steel and roofing, the project has been able to continue undercover during the unpredictable La Niña summer we have experienced. Thanks to the reverse-build approach, both pool structures have recently been completed and water testing is now underway.
The tiered terrace seats and slabs are also on track for completion, providing new areas of seating that overlook the tennis courts, fields for hockey practice and handball.
Next, the Taylor project team will focus on completing the core concrete structure over three floors, enabling the installation of an 80 metre, 20 tonne truss on top of four concrete columns! The northern embankment works, which includes footpaths and leveling, is also a priority to connect the existing senior school with the new gymnasium building and pool facilities.
Blockworks to the structure include large air plenums, providing air conditioning and removing condensation from the indoor pool. Insulated panel roof panels will provide an insulation R-Value R6.5. Additionally, vacuum sealed louvre blades have been ordered, and are on their way from Japan.
George Bardas, Chief Executive Officer of Taylor, said, “Taylor is helping shape the future of our community by connecting school communities to exceptional sport facilities, which will greatly benefit the fitness and wellbeing of students for decades to come.
“We are thrilled to create this new facility which will enable Tara Anglican School for Girls to expand and enhance the quality and delivery of their sport, fitness and wellbeing programs.”
The new development is the most recent of a range of recent education projects Taylor has undertaken, including Knox Grammar’s Performing Arts Centre and Willoughby Public School & Girls High School.