Case Study Sadadeen Primary School

Finished 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. The Boosting the Economy program saw a total of $5.5 million invested in schools throughout Central Australia.


Project Overview


The scope of work included the design and construct of changes to existing facilities and new works, which were split into three sections:

  • Part 1 – The refurbishment, 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.




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.

Probuild NT can arrange for safe asbestos sampling for identification, removal, movement and disposal, air monitoring, management plans and clearances.

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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.

Vapour barriers for framed construction generally consist of a sandwich of heavy weight aluminium foil bonded to a building paper core. In metal sheeted roof areas the vapour barrier is generally combined with the sarking. In masonry construction the vapour barrier to the walls is generally provided by an external painted membrane finish.


Project Team and 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 Completed

Sadadeen Primary School Completed


About Sadadeen Primary School


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 ninety percent of their students are Aboriginal from a number of Central Australian language groups.


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