Construction has started on a new two-storey classroom block and other refurbishment works at Bracken Ridge State High School.
Minister for Education Grace Grace said the first sod was turned at Bracken Ridge SHS on Wednesday 24 August for the $16 million (Inc. GST) project, which was being delivered by Alder Constructions Pty Ltd.
“Breaking ground on this important project is great news for the Bracken Ridge State High School community," Ms Grace said.
“This project will deliver a new two-storey learning centre with four learning spaces and four specialist learning spaces.
“It also includes the refurbishment and conversion of two spaces into a Science Laboratory in Block B, and the refurbishment and conversion of drama and music spaces into three learning spaces in Block D, including two STEM classrooms."
In ceremoniously turning the first sod on the building site Ms Grace said these works were fantastic news for Bracken Ridge State High School and the school community.
“This significant $16 million (GST inclusive) investment will provide the school with some fresh new facilities and allow for future enrolment growth," Ms Grace said.
“The new learning centre will be a state-of-the-art building which will be used for drama, music and instrumental music
“And the refurbishment projects will create some new, state-of-the-art science and STEM teaching facilities.
“The State Government has a commitment to building new and improved world class education facilities right across the state including here at Bracken Ridge High School."
Education Minister Grace Grace said the total works expenditure was expected to support an average of 48 jobs over the life of the project.
“It will be a boon for tradies and apprentices who will work on these projects," Ms Grace said.
“In 2022-23 we are delivering an overall education infrastructure investment portfolio valued at $1.9 billion, driving the Queensland economy by supporting nearly 4200 jobs," she said.
Bracken Ridge State High School Principal Michelle Lyons said the whole school community was excited to see construction of the learning centre get underway.
“Bracken Ridge is an older school so these new facilities will give our community some modern teaching spaces and a fresh new look and feel," Ms Lyons said.
“We have a strong instrumental music program here, with more than 10 per cent of our student body participating, so the new music and instrumental teaching spaces will be a wonderful addition for our staff and students."
Ms Grace said the State Government had a proven record of delivering new and upgraded infrastructure for Queensland schools.