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Agnes Shea High School naming ceremony ACT

Recently, members of the Hindmarsh ACT project team joined key members of the ACT community to name Canberra’s 92nd public school.

The project name ‘North Gungahlin High School’ will be replaced, with the school now officially named ‘Agnes Shea High School’, after late senior Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Agnes Shea.

Representatives from the United Ngunnawal Elders Council, including Aunty Agnes’ granddaughter Selina Walker, attended the ceremony to mark the occasion.

Among her many achievements and contributions to Canberra and its various communities, Aunty Agnes Shea was a founding member of the United Ngunnawal Elders Council, a member of the advisory board to ACT Health, helped establish the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm and was a member of the ACT Heritage Council.

Once complete, the Agnes Shea High School will start by hosting Year 7 and 8 students, and then grow to cater for up to 800 students across years 7 to 10 over time.

Would you like to know more? Then, check out the ACT Government article: Canberra’s 92nd public school named – Our Canberra (act.gov.au)

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Hindmarsh ACT Team bust out the thermal camera.

The construction industry is an ever-evolving landscape as builders, and clients look for quicker, safer cost-effective solutions.

Recently, anyone visiting the North Gungahlin High School project would have seen the Hindmarsh team operating a very interesting piece of equipment – a thermal camera.

Permanent formwork systems have become an attractive alternative to conventional masonry block, precast concrete and in situ building methods in Australia. Unlike temporary formwork, permanent formwork stays in place acting as an additional stabiliser. In a nutshell, the process uses hollow panels in place of traditional block and brick work. These hollow panels are then filled with concrete, remaining in place forming a permanent structure.

The trick has been to ensure that the concrete poured into these prefabricated panels is evenly distributed and fills the system entirely. Any gaps can create future structural and fire safety issues – often requiring extensive remediation works. This is where the thermal camera comes in.

By scanning the panels as the concrete is poured, you can immediately identify any gaps that may have occurred. This real-time Quality Assurance (QA) process provides peace-of-mind for all involved, ensuring a high-quality build finish.

Once complete, the North Gungahlin High School will host 800 Year 7-10 students. Find out more on the project profile.

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We are delighted to announce that the first concrete slab pour has been completed at the North Gungahlin High School, ACT.

Zone One requires over 350 cubic metres of concrete to create the slab. The largest part of this installation involved over 220 cubic metres being poured, around some very unfavourable weather.

The North Gungahlin region has seen unprecedented rainy conditions compared to what experts predicted for the end of 2023. The team had prepared the slab prior to the 220 cubic metre pour, and then a major storm front hit. Unperturbed, and determined to ensure the program was on track, the Hindmarsh Project team rallied on the weekend and came in to tidy up the site and clear the water and blown in debris from the area.

Jemma Butt, Project Manager, North Gungahlin High School said, “I am immensely proud of the team for coming together and giving up their personal time to ensure the project hits these key milestones. From our subcontractors to our suppliers and consultants, everyone involved in the North Gungahlin High School is committed to delivering an exceptional educational facility for the local community and the ACT Education Directorate.”

Check out more about this project here: North Gungahlin High School, ACT