Construction is well and truly on track at Robina’s new Special Assistance School Arcadia College, as the $11.4 million private education facility hits a key milestone.

The 3,000sqm building has topped out as Alder Constructions stays on schedule for practical completion in August.

Alder Constructions General Manager Dean Cheffers says work has already commenced on the internal fit-out, which will continue as the finishing touches are made to the external façade over the coming months.

“Arcadia is not your standard secondary school,” he said. “The campus consists of a three level multi-purpose educational building, featuring progressive learning and recreation facilities, a student wellbeing centre and a youth hub.

“Once the external structure is complete, we will be focused on delivering the futuristic, purpose built learning spaces which have been designed to foster creativity, inclusion and wellbeing.

“Over and above the traditional classrooms, there’s a number of specialty rooms including hospitality, an IT hub, an HPE rock climbing wall, multipurpose basketball court, dance studio and exterior playground equipment.

“The wellbeing centre will be home to a nurse, psychologist and career counsellor, while the youth hub will be available to families and the wider community employment, medical, welfare and specialised services including career advice.”

Arcadia College currently operates in Varsity Lakes and works with students, many of whom have faced personal hardship and difficulties. Located at Centreline Place adjacent to the train station at Robina, the new campus will increase the school’s capacity from 190 to 300 students. The Varsity Lakes campus will close and students will move to the new campus when it opens its doors in 2021.

Mr Cheffers says it’s “business as usual” as Alder Constructions continues to power ahead with a number of significant projects underway across South East Queensland.

“Alder was recently awarded a $2 million contract for the early works package for Stage 2 of The Star Master Plan,” he said.

“We have also started construction on a $16 million project at Beenleigh this month. The York will be the first new commercial office building to be constructed in Beenleigh in the last decade. With structural upgrade works underway on the Gold Coast’s Sand Bypass Jetty, and the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant Upgrade, we are determined to continue to support and bolster the local economy where possible during this time of uncertainty.”










Published Gold Coast Bulletin 08 May 2020