Tec-NQ recently celebrated the opening of their brand-new, Novum-designed Student Boarding Accommodation facility in in Rosslea, Townsville!
Tec-NQ is a secondary school and a Registered Training Organisation all in one, offering full-time apprentice training, school-based apprentice programs and other trade training to school-aged students. Their new boarding facility offers students from rural and remote backgrounds the opportunity to receive a secondary school education while also learning a trade.
Novum’s involvement with Tec-NQ was sparked by their desire to redevelop their Boarding Accommodation site in Rosslea. Shortly after a Concept Design was completed, the site was inundated by the 2019 Townsville flooding event, displacing students and staff that called the facility home.
In response, the design was further developed in consultation with the client, engineers and town planners to minimise the impact of future potential flood events, without compromising the home-like atmosphere, or learning and recreational capabilities.
The boarding accommodation houses students and caretaker staff, with an on-site kitchen, laundry, dining and recreational areas, offering 24 hour supervised care your students 7 days per week, focusing on student health, wellbeing, and preparation for the workforce.
Students are transported daily from the boarding facility to Tec-NQ’s main trade training campus and work experience opportunities throughout Townsville.
In addition to boarding, the new facility accommodates trade training areas including a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen for hospitality training, and a health training centre.
Stage 1 is now compete, and Stage 2 (which will expand the facility’s capacity to 80 boarding students) is due to commence construction in the coming years.
Peter Boyce, Peter Edwards, Jeff Smith, Ben Leighton, Joel Ridings
CONTRACTOR: Taylor Builders
CIVIL ENGINEER: Bligh Tanner and Northern Consulting Engineers
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Bligh Tanner
HYDRAULIC ENGINEER: Compass Consulting Group
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Ashburner Francis
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Ashburner Francis
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Ashburner Francis
TOWN PLANNER: RPS
CERTIFIER: GMA Certification Group
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Rider Levett Bucknall
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER: Douglas Partners
FIRE ENGINEER: Firecheck Consultants
ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT: Palmer Acoustics
ACCESS CONSULTANT: Architecture & Access