WA Schools Public Private Partnership Program (PPP) Project

Project Information

Client: Department of Finance.

Developer: The EduWest consortium which is headed by Project Co (Macquarie Capital) who are sole sponsor, equity investor, debt underwriter, financial advisor and SPV Manager.

Steel Products: Predominantly – lightweightframing made from TRUECORE® steel.

Builder: Badge Perkins Joint Venture (BPJV)is the D&C Subcontractor.

Steel Frame Fabricator: Steelscene.

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“By incorporating innovative engineering techniques and methodologies, we were able to increase the consistency of light gauge steel frame production due to high-rate, cold form CNC automation."

Project Summary

The Western Australian State Government partnered with the private sector to design, build, finance and maintain four new primary schools and four secondary schools to open progressively from 2017 to 2023.

The construction of the school facilities was awarded to Badge Constructions (WA) Pty Ltd (Badge) and Perkins (WA) Pty Ltd (Perkins) under a joint venture arrangement (BPJV).

Following the successful application of lightweight steel framing on similar projects in other states, BPJV proposed this methodology for the WA Schools PPP project. Traditionally, a double brick hot-rolled steel support and steel or timber roof rafters/battens is a common framing structure in Western Australia. This solution was considered by BPJV, and was excluded by the consortium in favour of the efficiencies presented from the fully integrated lightweight steel option. Hybrids of steel framing and other traditional method combinations were also considered and discounted following detailed assessment as well (RS).

Steelscene was appointed the steel framing design and fabrication contract for Baldivis Gardens Primary School, Woodland Grove Primary School, Aveley Secondary College (Stage 1 and Stage 2), Coastal Lakes College (Stage 1 and Stage 2), Hammond Park Secondary School (Stage 1 and Stage 2), and Harrisdale Senior High School (Stage 2).

Key Challenges

Fixed project timelines – allowance of 18 months from the start of detailed design, to the doors for each Primary School opening.

Key Benefits Delivered

Rocky Slater, Manager PPP – WA Schools PPP highlighted the following benefits:


  • Swift frame assembly and installation once the first floor slabs were poured.
  • Reduction in timeline allocated for wall noggins for inbuilt joinery (since already incorporated into framing).
  • Tolerances enabled utilisation of split frame internal door frames leading to a quicker internal fit out cycle.