Brisbane State High School

Brisbane State High School

  • Client
    Queensland State Government, Department of Education, Training and Employment
  • Delivery
    Design and Construct
  • Completed
    November 2015

An innovative project with a united proactive problem-solving approach.

Broad commenced the development of Brisbane State High School’s (BSHS) new multi-level building project in June 2014.

Built on a footprint of approximately 3000sqm and covering six levels (two basement, and four above ground), the new facility provides approximately 18,000sqm of additional space for general learning areas, staff parking, and retail/commercial tenancies.
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Our overall tender strategy focused on bringing in the expertise of the project team that ultimately delivered the project, ensuring seamless handover and understanding of the project, and the client’s requirements and expectations.

During the tender stage for the role of design and construction contractor, our pre-contracts team identified a number of innovations, including:

  • A re-design of the car park; providing the client with additional spaces at no additional cost.
  • Increasing the capacity of the car park; extending the footprint of the excavation, adding value to the project.
  • Identifying an opportunity to deliver the works early; through the use of an innovative precast concrete solution.

One of a number of innovations developed and explored for the tender was the feasibility of incorporating a number of precast concrete elements as an alternative structural proposal for the project.

After a thorough assessment, an innovative solution was committed to that incorporated precast panels in the core; a number of external walls; and a suspended slab design - consisting of precast shell beams supporting hollow-core planks.

Engaging early in the tender process with the precast supplier enabled us to work closely with them to develop a detailed design and, if successful in contract award, oversee the manufacture of the precast units.

Working closely with the supplier enabled us to develop a thorough understanding of the units including sound technical guidance to successfully integrate the installation of the precast units into the construction program.

Phillip Millan, Broad Project Manager

Works on the BSHS project commenced in June 2014 and the team was quick to adapt the alternative flooring system. They maintained a proactive approach to managing quality throughout this period of adaptation and successfully completed the structure ahead of program.
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The first 12 classrooms in ‘Block I’ were handed over early in July 2015, and a series of minor staged works followed through to a final handover in November 2015, ready for the start of the 2016 school year.


  • 2016 Queensland AIB Professional Excellence Award - Commercial Construction $10 million to $50 million
  • 2016 National AIB Professional Excellence Award - Commercial Construction $10 million to $50 million

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