Ivanhoe Grammar Plenty Campus breaks ground on Aquatic and Wellness Centre

It was a glorious Melbourne morning last Wednesday as Ivanhoe Grammar Plenty Campus celebrated the commencement of the construction of their eagerly anticipated Aquatic and Wellness Centre.

Building Engineering has been engaged to deliver this transformative project which encompasses the development of a state-of-the-art aquatic and wellness centre, featuring two new pools, change facilities, multipurpose rooms, and a gymnasium. Additionally, it includes the construction of new outdoor sports facilities, comprising nine tennis courts, an artificial hockey pitch, and a new turf soccer pitch.

This project marks a significant milestone in the ongoing partnership between Building Engineering and Ivanhoe Grammar School. This will be the seventh project Building Engineering has delivered for Ivanhoe Grammar School since 2012. Building Engineering has successfully delivered two previous projects at the Plenty Campus including the Senior Years Building in 2018 and the Administration Centre in 2014. This latest collaboration promises to further enhance the campus’s offerings.

The turning of the sod took place amidst an assembly of invited guests, students, and staff in front of the gymnasium. Principal Gerard Foley, Deputy Principal and Head of Campus Fiona Devlin, and Tom Rickards, Deputy Principal and Head of Ridgeway Campus, turned the sod alongside Building Engineering’s Directors Chris Doufas and Tom Basel.

Principal Gerard Foley reflected on the significance of the day, saying, “It is incredibly gratifying to see this project finally coming to fruition. We’re thrilled to have Building Engineering onboard once again; they’ve been fantastic partners on multiple projects. This marks their third project here at our Plenty Campus, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership on this exciting journey. It’s an incredibly exciting day, and we anticipate the grand opening of this complex in April 2025 with great enthusiasm.”

Chris Doufas, Director of Building Engineering, added “We are truly excited to be part of this remarkable project, once again working alongside Ivanhoe Grammar to bring this state-of-the-art facility to life. The Aquatic and Wellness Centre is not just a building; it’s a place where students and the community can thrive. We’re confident that it will serve as a hub for health, well-being, and community engagement for years to come.” – Chris Doufas, Director of Building Engineering

The ceremony concluded with a morning tea, offering everyone a moment to celebrate this significant milestone.

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