Sadadeen Primary School

Sadadeen School Construction Northern Territory

Sadadeen Primary School

Completed earlier in 2017, the Sadadeen Primary School project was a design and construct project completed by Probuild NT. The project was part of the Northern Territory Government Boosting the Economy program.

Sadadeen Primary School opened in 1983, and is named after the legendary cameleer, Saleh (Charlie) Sadedeen who lived in Alice Springs in the early 1900s. The school caters for students from preschool to year six, with approximately 220 students enrolled. Approximately 90% of their students are Aboriginal from a number of central Australian language groups.


Local Engagement

Project manager: Joe Penaluna

Site Manager: Chris Hatt

Number of indigenous participants: 18

Number of hours undertaken by indigenous participants: 2,552.75 hours



Local subcontractors and suppliers used:

  • Alice Kitchens & Cabinets (AKC) – cabinetry
  • Carla Furnishers – Supply and install floor coverings
  • First Class Finish Painting Services
  • GGS Alice Glass & Aluminium
  • Hardy Fencing (NT)
  • NT Sports & Playground Surfacing
  • Parko’s Plastering
  • Power & Data
  • Security & Technology Services (Central)
  • Sno’s Welding
  • Hydraulic Services
  • TDR Plumbing
  • TDC Refrigeration
  • Tom Parrish Pty Ltd


Sadadeen Primary School Project Overview


The scope of work included the design and construction of alterations and new works, which were split into three sections:

  • Part 1 – The refurbishment, reconfiguration, alteration and extension of the existing Assembly Hall
  • Part 2 – External works, landscaping works and the installation of play equipment to the play space at the South West corner of the school
  • Part 3 – The upgrade of the civic entrance at the North Eastern corner of the school to include new pathways, slabs, shade structure and landscaping works

Working within the guidelines of the Department of Infrastructure’s minimum design guidelines and standards for Department of Education (DoE) projects, Probuild NT completed this project within 30 weeks at a value of approximately $1.5 million.

Managing and reducing noise and dust levels was a key consideration for work they completed at the school, because it continued to be operational during the project. Probuild NT adopted methods that minimised the disruption and interference to staff and students, as well as protecting them from potentially harmful dust and debris.


  • Sadadeen Primary School assembly hall climbing wall
    Sadadeen Primary School assembly hall climbing wall


Specialist Works


Asbestos Removal


As part 1 included the demolition of the specific parts of the assembly hall and we were aware of potential asbestos containing material, Probuild NT managed this process in line with NT Work Safe procedures.


Vapour Barriers


As Sadadeen Primary School is located in a hot and humid climate, the air conditioned assembly hall required a vapour barrier on the high vapour pressure side (hot side) of the building. This important because without an effective vapour barrier, condensation can get into air conditioned spaces. This condensation can then damage the area and can cause extensive damage to the building.



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