Scots PGC students Carleesha Curtis and Matthew Conn with principal Michael Harding outside the new BER library, with MBC Constructions set to rebuild the new boys’ dormitory which was destroyed by fire last year (inset).
Scots PGC students Carleesha Curtis and Matthew Conn with principal Michael Harding outside the new BER library, with MBC Constructions set to rebuild the new boys’ dormitory which was destroyed by fire last year (inset).

College to build new boys dorm

AS one building project draws to a close another is set to begin at The Scots PGC College.

It has been almost 18 months since a fire ripped through the school’s junior boys’ dormitory.

But what is now a concrete slab will soon be transformed back into the Finlay Wing of Cunningham House.

Principal Michael Harding said local firm MBC Constructions was the chosen tenderer and work would start next week.

He said the project would cost more than $1 million, mostly funded from insurance and school money.

The dorm will have 32 student beds, a common room, purpose-built study areas and staff accommodation.

“We’ve been full in boarding for some time,” Mr Harding said yesterday.

“We hope to have it finished by the start of term two next year. So it’s about a 20-week project.

“It will be really good to get it done.”

The dormitory burnt down in the chilly pre-dawn hours of Sunday June 14 last year, with 35 students and staff evacuated.

Meanwhile, the school’s new library and undercover basketball courts should be finished by the end of the month.

Funded to the tune of $2 million by the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution’s (BER) purse, Mr Harding said he believed the school had received exceptional value for money.

MBC Constructions has also overseen this development, with Mr Harding happy to see the local business benefit from the 2100 square metre project.

“We’ve really taken our time with this and made sure we used our money wisely,” he said. “And we’ve always tried to use local workers where we can.”

Federally-funded school buildings have been sprouting up like mushrooms all over the region, after the $14.7 billion national package was launched last year.

A number of schools, including The School of Total Education, Warwick West and Glennie Heights, have used their money to build multi-purpose halls.

Warwick State High School built a $1.97 million language centre, with five teaching spaces and a virtual classroom.


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