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Great Barrier Reef International Marine College

A 26 week program for construction delivered to the day resulting in a satisfied Client and further commissions

  • Client Department of Education and Training, Queensland Tafe and Great Barrier International Marine College
  • Type Expansion
  • Location Cairns, Queensland
  • Industry Education
  • Completion 2012
  • Cost $1.2M

The Great Barrier Reef Marine College provides training for the maritime sector for domestic and international students. The college is one of the best equipped training centres in the southern hemisphere, comprising of a Full Mission Bridge Simulator and Navigation Labs, Multi-purpose Emergency Response Training Simulator and a sea survival training immersion pool, as well as two training vessels to provide practical hands-on training.

Additions to the college by Peddle Thorp provided new teaching spaces, staff facilities and upgrades to raid rooms and bridge simulators. A master plan for further development of the college was also subsequently developed by the design team.

Unavoidable siting issues in the design phase were encountered, with the main facades facing east and west. These were overcome with the use of extended roof overhangs, performance glazing and purpose designed sun-screening.

The 26 week program for construction was delivered to the day, allowing the Client to comfortably move in over the Christmas break in readiness for the start of the following term. Client satisfaction with the Design Team lead to further commissions and also to the feasibility, master-planning and subsequent grant application for a major future expansion to the College ($21m)