Macquarie College occupies an eight hectare site which straddles the border of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Councils, but the College services families across all parts of the lower Hunter Valley.

Part of the Seventh-day Adventist System of Schools, the College is a member of the Hunter Region Independent Schools Association, within the broader New South Wales Association of Independent Schools. It provides holistic education from pre-school to Year 12 for a student body which numbers in excess of 800.

The construction of the sports centre had been on the master plan for the campus for many years and, in mid-2016, a number of builders were invited to provide construction management proposals for the delivery of Stages 1 and 2 of the facility. Graph was subsequently appointed as the Construction Manager and, at the time of our appointment, the budget for the project had already been established.

The commercial terms of the engagement provided for a lump sum payment to cover input to the design stage and for builder’s preliminaries, with supplier and trade costs to be reimbursed at actual cost plus a margin. Throughout the course of this activity, one of Graph’s roles was to control the budget.

The main feature of the building is two basketball courts on a suspended concrete (Ultra-floor) slab, with Helsinki 10-10 Sports sprung timber flooring. The walls of the court area are of precast concrete and incorporate extensively glazed panels. On the lower ground floor, change rooms and amenities have been provided and, from savings achieved during the construction management process, additional work was added to the scope, such as a full concrete floor to the lower ground area (to be completed, as Stage 3, as additional classrooms and other facilities).


The project was completed on time and on budget, and is a fantastic addition to the facilities of Macquarie College.


Macquarie College Sports Centre (Stages 1 & 2)


1882-222 Lake Road, Glendale 


Construction management of a new sports centre, including input to the structural system, selections, etc during the design stage to ensure economy of design. The large building is of pre-cast walls on a podium slab, accommodating two basketball courts, and work included preparatory work for future enclosing of the understorey space. 


Macquarie College


Stephen Rose Architects, Hinton

Completion Date:

December 2017


$4.9m (excluding GST)