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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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Margaret Hendry School Expansion

We are delighted to share that the Margaret Hendry School Expansion (MHSE) has been completed!

The expansion can accommodate up to 600 additional Kindergarten to year 6 students, meaning the growing number of local children can join the Margaret Hendry School community.

The expansion includes a new, two-level learning space, an outdoor learning and play area, a new community hub, two new carparks and a bike enclosure. Many of these facilities will be made available for community use.

Working in close collaboration with ACT Education Directorate, our suppliers, subcontractors and consultants, we think the new facilities look incredible! Hindmarsh would like to thank everyone involved for their hard-work and dedication – only by focusing on safety and attention to detail at each stage of the build, can projects of this quality come to life. It has been a pleasure delivering this exceptional school expansion for the local community.

Students and staff have been transitioning into the new learning environment and exploring the general and specialist spaces including food technology, and Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths (STEAM).

The Hindmarsh project team is now focussed on delivering the new North Gungahlin High School and are eager to showcase their skills and deliver another outstanding educational facility for the ACT Government.

You can read more about the Margaret Hendry School Expansion on the ACT Government website.

Photos courtesy of:
External: TJ Garvie
Internal: Adam – HCreations