SHAC were approached by ET Australia to aid in the once in a lifetime project – converting an empty Aldi lease area in the middle of the Imperial Shopping Centre, Gosford, into a school campus. ET Australia is a community based, not for profit organisation operating from the Central Coast since 1977, providing essential education services to students who need a personally adapted and focussed journey through their secondary education.
The proposed project included the relocation of their existing 7-10 campus into the Imperial Centre site, allowing for expansion of their offerings with student numbers in existing years, as well as a bespoke design solution that aided in meeting their teaching needs. This refurbishment project would see the College provided with specialist teaching spaces within their own campus for the first time, including STEM spaces, to allow them to deliver their curriculum without taking students offsite to other schools. The open floor plate of the Imperial site, allowed for the establishment of 8 learning spaces and 4 specialist teaching areas, as well as areas for administration, staff and a communal hall space. The project provided the students with a fresh, open and flexible space for learning in a mixed-mode environment.
SHAC also provided assistance to the ET Australia Board to ensure the project was approved through a State Significant Design approval pathway with the NSW Department of Planning, infrastructure & Environment (DPIE) as well as the Australia Independent School (AIS) Block Grant Authority funding scheme.