Guardian Early Learning Centre, King Street, is a cutting-edge purpose built early learning facility and Apollo Property Group are proud to announce that the project has been shortlisted for the inaugural Urban Developer Awards, in the category – Development of the Year – Social Infrastructure.
At the forefront of Early Learning Centres, Guardian’s custom-designed environments focus on the physical, emotional, cognitive and social development and wellbeing of young children. The design approach enabling the flexibility to be continually adapted as the child’s learning practices evolve, supporting children to engage with their surroundings, encouraging independence and extending the learning experience.
The centre opened its doors on 5 February this year and has been excitedly embraced by the community with available spaces quickly reaching near or at capacity on each day the centre operates. Located on King Street, and accessible from both Gregory Terrace and St Paul’s Terrace, in the heart of the Brisbane Showgrounds precinct, the centre is only a short 1.6klm from the Brisbane CBD. An Early Learning Centre that is located in the CBD has considerable benefits and location has of recent times become a significant component in families decision making process when choosing an Early Learning Centre for their child.
To construct the 325m2 mezzanine, Apollo undertook the first major CLT installation in Queensland. Utilising the innovative construction method of CLT enabling Apollo to manage base building project weight constraints and gain significant efficiencies to programme with the ability to continue work immediately without back-propping and concrete curing times. The CLT enhancing the sustainability credentials of the centre, having a lower carbon footprint than traditional building materials such as cast-in-situ concrete.
As the Principal Contractor, Apollo worked within the greater RNA LendLease Brisbane Showgrounds development to construct and deliver the multi-level centre to ultimately join the new social, creative and community retail concept at Bowen Hills.
Read the full list of finalists here.