Trade Classroom


Trade and Technology Centre for St Peter’s Anglican College, Broulee


  • Project value range: $200,000 – $300,000
  • Client: St Peter’s Anglican College
  • Project Dimensions: 34m long x 17m wide, 5.25m eave height
  • Time to completion: 14 weeks
  • Completion date: January 2022
  • Location: Broulee, NSW


St Peter’s Anglican College is situated on the NSW South Coast and caters to students from prep through to year 12. With school values that include continuous improvement, it was natural for the school to look at upgrading their learning facilities in line with their strategic plan.

Part of this focus on improvement included the design and construction of a new trade and technology centre for training students in skills such as woodworking and other hands-on trades.


St Peter’s Anglican College School Principal, Darren McPartland, reached out to Steelcorp for assistance in the early design stages of their trade and technology centre project. The design called for a multi-purpose facility that could grow and change with the needs of the school, with plenty of natural light and space for both individual and group learning.

The brief was to create a light and airy facility that was fully equipped to house a wide range of machinery and equipment, including extraction fans and other inclusions typical to a woodworking facility.


Our scope of works included structural engineering, building design, supply and installation of structural steel, and rainwater management for the facility.

The school engaged local builder Smith & Primmer to manage the overall project and take care of the internal fit-out, which included internal glass partitioned classrooms.


The main challenge for this project was ensuring the build could be completed within a tight time frame.

With a project timeline that stretched over the Christmas holidays, it was critical to get the project completed on schedule before the start of the new school year in 2022. Steelcorp worked with the team from Smith & Primmer to deliver this project on time and on budget.


The students and staff at St Peter’s Anglican College are thrilled to have a quality educational space for practical learning. College Principal Darren McPartland explains that Steelcorp’s flexibility and involvement in the process from the very beginning helped lead to a brilliant result.

“St Peter’s began communicating with Steelcorp a good 12 months before the project began. I was pleased with their willingness to adapt and adjust to our changing requirements and their willingness to make the project as good as it could be – rather than just sell us a large workshop – was significant in helping with the amazing outcome,” says Darren.

“We challenged them with our time schedule, all whilst Covid was doing its thing with workforces across the state, yet they met every challenge. They were fantastic and worked very well with the building contractor. Their quality of work, easiness to work with and willingness to adapt has meant we are already looking at another even larger project with them,” reveals Darren.

Andrew Hearne from Smith & Primmer builders adds that it is fantastic to see a regional South Coast school with a professional, state of the art facility. “This trade facility would be the envy of any school – regional or metropolitan,” says Andrew.

“We hope to also benefit with some future apprentices!”


  • Builder: Pip Smith, Andrew Hearne and the team from Smith and Primmer


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