Western Sydney University Early Learning, Bankstown



Western Sydney University


JDH Architects


Guaranteed Maximum Price


Head Contractor, Construction

The project brief was for Grindley to construct a new child care centre, located on the Western Sydney University Bankstown Campus.

The building stands on a concrete ‘wafflepod’ style slab-on-ground. Load bearing walls and roof structures were constructed by the use of a light-weight prefabricated metal frame and truss system, externally clad with random sized painted vitra-panel sections, as well as a new type of poly-composite cladding called “Fundermax”, which is a European polymer resin type cladding material, surface-coloured to look, and feel, like timber planks.

The Centre is divided into four main zones for children of various age-groups, with a full commercial kitchen and dining room, specially outfitted children’s bathrooms and toilets, administration offices and staff amenities, a full-size laundry and drying area, as well as meeting and consultation rooms for parents and teachers. It is fully air conditioned, as well as boasting state-of-the-art security systems and data networks all centrally controlled at Campus Security through the Building Management Control System.

Adjoining the building is an extensive purpose-built playground area, covered by brightly coloured shade sails, boasting sand pit areas, vegetable gardens, recycled rainwater tanks and artificial turf and rubberized soft-fall ground cover throughout.

Grindley also took on, and completed, an extension of the Campus' mains power infrastructure as well as hydrant mains extensions.

"Western Sydney University wishes to acknowledge the professional approach and commitment demonstrated by Grindley Construction as a team during construction of our residential projects on Penrith and Hawkesbury Campuses and the new Early Learning Centre on Bankstown Campus. The approach taken and leadership shown supported the need to work together as a team in order to deliver positive outcomes for the University. The end result is delivery of multiple projects that have met the design intent and high standards demanded by the University's team and our clients."

John Bonanno, Director, Western Sydney University