Construction Conversations – Henbury School

Construction Conversations – Henbury School

January 15, 2020 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Welcome to Construction Conversations, a video series brought to you by the Department of Infrastructure. We’re here at Henbury School in Darwin’s northern suburbs to take a closer look at this fantastic new education facility. I have with me Robert Foote, Project Director with the Department of Infrastructure. Robert, tell us a few details about the construction of this state of the art school This school is a $31.5 million contract that was let to Halikos Constructions a local contractor, in March 2015. They’ve now been given handover and completed in 15 months, which includes The design and documentation and the construction. which is quite a good achievement There was a number of local contractors, in fact 98% of the contractors are locals. There was a very high indigenous component that was included in this contract and Halikos achieved the levels that we required Aside from the learning areas here at the school there’s an amazing outdoor play space Tell us about the unique features that have been included for students with special needs. There are a number of pieces of play equipment that have been developed on the site some of the equipment you can see behind us – there’s a trampoline and a climbing frame On the other side of the site there’s what they call a liberty swing, which is capable of a person in a wheelchair occupying that swing. There’s other trampoline’s and swings as well, there’s a bicycle track that students can use. The principal of Henbury School is Carolyn Edwards, Carolyn you were very involved in the construction of this facility, is it fair to say that the school has been built to meet the needs of students? The school is a purpose built special school, so everything within the school is designed for our students. Tell us about the VET learning areas and preparing the students for life after school. It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to offer VET to our students, because we are a secondary school, so we have a cafe, we have a kitchen area which is all about how you upskill and learn barista skills, and learn hospitality skills, how you learn to cook. That’s one section, we also have another large area for enterprise ed that area is talking about, how do you learn to sew, how to make garments to then sell or work with companies that do that. That’s Construction Conversations, stay tuned for more updates and check out our facebook page. Infrastructure NT