THE future Butler north secondary school is starting to take shape, with earthworks completed, concrete slabs poured and steel frames in place on the 9ha construction site.
The school, on the corner of Santorini Promenade and Hollington Boulevard in Alkimos, is due open to Year 7 students in 2020 and expand to a Years 7 to 12 secondary school by 2025.
Once completed, the first stage will deliver a range of single and double-storey classroom blocks, with purpose-built learning areas for science, design, information technology, and food and textiles.
An administration building and student services will also be completed, as well as a cafeteria and a range of sporting facilities, including an oval, four multi-purpose courts and cricket practice nets.
The $48.4 million project will support local jobs in construction, electrical, plumbing and painting trades, with the work being carried out by Perth-based company EMCO Building.
At the peak of construction, about 230 people will be working on-site including those in apprenticeships and traineeships.
Premier Mark McGowan visited the site yesterday with Education Minister Sue Ellery and Butler MLA John Quigley.
“This site will transform into a first-class learning facility complete with purpose-built classrooms, laboratories and studios, student services, sporting fields and more,” Ms Ellery said.
Mr Quigley said it would be exciting for the community to see the school become a reality over the next year.
“The new senior high school will help ease pressure on the existing Butler College, which opened in 2013, and currently has almost 1800 students,” he said.
Mr McGowan also visited crash black spots in Tapping and Currambine and Quinns Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade during yesterday’s northern suburbs tour.