School building raising the bar for construction

A memorandum of understanding has been signed to ensure schools are built to the highest standards.

15 June 2021

The high-quality construction techniques of the NSW Government’s record school building program is driving forward industry standards to ensure school builds are of the highest quality.

School Infrastructure NSW (SINSW) will partner through a Memorandum of Understanding with global construction company Multiplex, detailing the highest standard of construction quality for school infrastructure projects in NSW.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government was delivering the biggest school-building program in the state’s history and contractors now had a clear quality benchmark.

“We are building incredible schools for our growing communities, and this partnership will push the construction industry on what is possible,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Our school builds are world leading in design and construction and now we are setting these levels of quality so that contractors know exactly the level of quality we expect and the way these details should be carried out.

“This agreement is industry leading, it’s a sign that our multi-billion dollar building program has matured into a world-leading outfit that does not compromise on quality.

“We know that having high-quality school facilities supports student learning outcomes. The Multiplex partnership will see this quality exist for generations, forging an incredible legacy.”

The Memorandum of Understanding between Multiplex and SINSW will facilitate a construction methodology and detailed systems handbook that will complement the Department’s own standards and guidelines for education facilities.

NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler, appointed to raise standards in the state’s construction industry, said he welcomed the industry-leading initiative.

“My objective as Commissioner is to build confidence in the industry and position NSW as the state of construction by 2025,” Mr Chandler said.

“But we don’t want to be seen as just spotting the problems. We need to change the conversation to focus more on the benchmark players, and how they can share knowledge, inspire excellence and guide good practice through the industry.”

David Ghannoum, Multiplex Regional Managing Director for NSW and ACT, said Multiplex was on a continuous journey to enhance building standards and safety culture across the industry.

“The Multiplex Construction Handbook brings together decades of our experience and knowledge to help identify, plan for, and eliminate quality and safety risks before they become a problem and we are very proud to partner with SINSW on this,” Mr Ghannoum said.

“We’re pleased to be sharing our knowledge and raising the bar not just for ourselves, but for our supply chain and broader industry too."

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