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West End State School expansion

West End State School (WESS) has experienced significant enrolment growth over recent years, with more than 1,100 students enrolled at the school. To accommodate this growth, the Queensland Government is investing in new infrastructure to meet the demand for additional educational facilities at the school.

To facilitate this expansion, the Department of Education has acquired properties directly adjacent to the existing WESS campus.


Hutchinson Builders were appointed as the construction contractors in October 2019 and construction commenced in November 2019.

To maintain safe pedestrian access along Vulture Street the footpath was moved into the parking lane to allow for Stage 1 preparation works to be completed. The footpath will be reinstated to its normal position when these works are completed.

Site preparation works during 2019 have made way for the new building to commence construction in early 2020. In preparation for Stage 2 works to be completed, the old Queensland Police building was demolished in January 2020.

Ambleside Street footpath and parking on the southern side of the street will be temporarily closed from the April school holidays until August 2020. Pedestrians can still access the northern side of Ambleside Street and enter through the school hall.

As per the master plan, Ambleside Street will be reinstated as the new pick-up/drop-off zone to provide safe access into the new facilities during September 2020. The new pick-up/drop-off zone will feature a wider road and footpath with 14 drop-off spaces.

A construction contract for Stage 2 of the project is anticipated to be awarded during 2020 and be completed in 2022.

Project update

  • Scaffolding for the new junior learning centre has come down now the building is nearing practical completion.
  • Landscaping and installation of the playground has commenced.
  • The classroom joinery and installation is progressing well.
  • Works are continuing on the new drop and go zone on Ambleside Street.

Infrastructure Designation

Infrastructure Designation for the WESS expansion was granted by the Honourable Cameron Dick MP, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, and gazetted on 18 October 2019. A copy of the decision notice is available on the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s website.

Concept design

Cox Architecture was appointed as the architect for the expansion of WESS in January 2019.

The concept designs have been developed in close collaboration with the school to ensure their vision for the expansion and connection to the existing campus is realised.

The designs maximise flexible and open areas and will provide exciting new teaching and learning spaces, including valuable outdoor play environments for students. The planned designs also create a campus heart to connect the existing facilities with the new buildings.

Stage 1 will provide a new learning facility on the corner of Horan and Ambleside Streets.

Stage 2a will include the administration and library building and an additional learning facility which will be located on Ambleside Street.

Stage 2b will include a creative learning centre on the corner of Horan and Vulture Streets plus an undercover carpark.

To create the connected campus, Horan Street has been closed between Vulture Street and Ambleside Street to become part of the school grounds to ensure a safe and contiguous school environment is created. This former street scape will be transformed into outdoor spaces for play and learning.

Master plan

The master plan was released in November 2018 for community feedback. The concept designs build on the master plan and feedback received from the school and local community has been considered in the development of the design.

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Last updated
20 July 2020