Site works are underway for a new auditorium, library and classrooms for St Patrick’s College Townsville.
Principal Paulina Skerman said there was tremendous excitement surrounding the $15 million building project on The Strand.
“After what has been an extensive planning, consultation and design process, we are thrilled to see the commencement of building works on-site,” she said.
In February 2018, the Sisters of Mercy officially transferred their Strand site to the College, with full approval for the redevelopment of the land to cater for the growth of the school.
The new building – designed by m3architecture – will house an 800-seat performing arts auditorium, a state-of-the art library and nine classrooms to cater for dance, drama, music and hospitality.
With initial works underway, the College is hopeful of a 2020 delivery.
“We have installed a time-lapse camera so that we can capture every stage of this historic project,” Ms Skerman said.
“The Sisters of Mercy have had a presence on this site since 1871, so this build will be another part of their significant story in North Queensland.
“We look forward to the continuing support of our local community as we embark on this exciting project, one that will not only enhance St Patrick’s College, but will also provide a beautiful addition to the Strand precinct.”