Caring for over 70,000 children, Goodstart Early Learning is a not-for-profit organisation,transforming the early learning landscape throughout the nation. With more than 644 centres across Australia, over 500 of these centres have received upgrades in the past three years. As a part of these upgrades, INTREC have been engaged by APP Corporation (APP) to undertake various internal and external refurbishments of existing Goodstart Early Learning Centres throughout Victoria and Tasmania. Each project is broken into two scopes; internal upgrade works and external upgrade works. The internal upgrade scope involves the replacement of floor vinyl, new plumbing fixtures and joinery units, and the refurbishment of all bathrooms.
To provide uninterrupted ongoing operations of the centre, internal works can only take place over the weekends. Our project team has drawn from the successful programming of the INTREC ALDI Refresh Model, splitting both day and night works into sets of three-hour packages to ensure that the centre is live and operational by Monday mornings. The external scope involvesa complete makeover of the Centre’s play space including demolition and civil works, new artificial turf, softfall, play equipment, dry creeks, sandpits and mud kitchens. These works are delivered in normal hours and staged according to the Nursey, Pre-kinder and Kinder programmes, working with the Centre to ensure play space is always available.
Building a regional subcontractor base and forming relationships with local trade partners has been key to success of our Goodstart works across various locations in Tasmania and Victoria. Health and safety measures are evidently imperative for sensitive works within childcare facilities. INTREC have implemented stringent safety requirements for our trade partners, project teams and stakeholders alike to provide the ultimate care upon the handover of each job. Frequent communication and structures around progress reporting and forecasting mechanisms, have also proved vital in informing both parents and staff of our works.