• 117 Blackwood Street, Mitchelton, QLD 4053
  • 07 3354 1244
  • info@blackwoodstreetchildcentre.com.au
Building Refresh: Frequently Asked Questions
Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!
Over the coming years starting in October 2016, Blackwood Street Child Centre will undergo a ‘refresh’ of the children’s rooms, the kitchen and the entrance to the centre. For the rooms a refresh will mean new flooring, painting throughout, the repair and reopening of skylights, new bathrooms including the replacement of all toilets and hand basins and new nappy change areas. The refresh process will be undertaken with the safety and security of children, staff and parents/carers as our main priority.
Parents and carers of children that attend the centre now or in the future will have a range of questions about the work being undertaken and the impact this will have on their children and the centre. Below we have provided some answers and copies of plans and we can be contacted at anytime to address any other questions or concerns you may have.
We will be adding more information to this page continuously over the coming week so please check back for more further details as they become available.
 Progress
  • 27 September 2016 – Waiver for minimum indoor space approved  by Department of Education and Training received.
  • 28 September 2016 – Portable building delivered and placed in car park, next to gates leading into the Kookaburras playground.
  • 29 September 2016 – Portable toilets (2) delivered and placed next to portable building inside existing centre fencing.
  • 29 September 2016 – Temporary fencing delivered and installed around the portable building ensuring an additional barrier to entry and exit from the portable building to the street.
  • 29 September 2016 – Electrician connected power to the portable building.
  • 7 October 2016 – The Kookaburras furniture and artworks moved to the portable building.
  • 10 October 2016 – Work commenced on the Kookaburras room with demolition of the bathroom and stripping the room.
  • 11 October 2016 – Demolition of bathroom completed, new emergency lighting wiring installed
  • 17 October 2016 – Sealing of bathroom completed, window installed in bathroom, framing finished and holes repaired in walls and ceiling
  • 18 October 2016 – Painting started and flooring being installed
  • 21 October 2016 – NPS Commercial has advised work is currently on schedule and no delays are expected in returning the room to the centre in the first week of November.
  • 3 November 2016 – Refurbished room completed and children moved back into the Kookaburras room.
  • 3 November 2016 – Brumbies children move into portable building and share resources, rooms and play areas with Kookaburras children
  • 4 November 2016 Wombats children move into the Brumbies room and Wombats room emptied of furniture and artworks.
  • 7 November 2016 – Work commences on the Wombats room
  • 14 November 2016 – Work halts while a solution to moisture coming up through the floor is decided upon
  • 23 November 2016 – Resin cover for floor laid
  • 28 November 2016 – Framing for bathroom installed

BSCC Refresh Questions

Q. When does work commence?

A. Stage One is now due to start on Monday 10 October. Work will commence through until December 2016 and then restart again in 2017.

Q. What is the centre doing about the children’s safety

A. A risk assessment has been done on the renovations and any risks mitigated as a result. A copy of the risk assessment was provided to the Department of Education for their review and feedback. 

Q. What is the centre doing about Fire and Emergency evacuation for children and staff during the renovation?

A. A revised Fire, Emergency and Lockdown procedure is being developed prior to work commencing on each room.

Q. My child doesn’t like noise and dust, what will you do for him/her

A. The noisiest works, such as drilling in concrete, will be done out of centre hours. NPS (the builders) will erect dust barriers to ensure any dust that results from the renovations will not get into the rooms or children’s areas. Staff at BSCC and NPS will perform a daily inspection of the barrier to ensure it is in place and doing the job it is supposed to do.

Q. How long will the renovations take?

A. The current plans are for

  • Stage One – Kookaburras in October 2016 , Wombats in November 2016
  • Stage Two – Busy Bees, Brumbies, Kitchen & Entrance way 2017
  • Stage Three – Koalas  and Joeys TBA

Q. Who do I contact for any concerns or questions I have?

A. Please contact the Centre’s General Manager – James on 07 3354 1244, 0420 878 581, generalmanager@blackwoodstreetchildcentre.com.au

Q. Will the centre close at all during renovations?

A. No, except for the days we would normally close, i.e. public holidays and weekends. 

Q. How will the refresh impact on parking and entry to the centre?

A. During the refresh for the Kookaburras room in October the entrance to the Centre from McConaghy Street will be closed to children, parents and staff. There will also be reduced off street parking in McConaghy Street carpark from October to February.

Q. What are you actually doing in the rooms?

A. The refresh will entail new flooring in each room, painting throughout each room, the repair and reopening of skylights, new bathrooms including the replacement of all toilets and hand basins and new nappy change areas.

Q. Who is actually doing the renovations for the Centre?

A. NPS Commercial is undertaking the renovation work and May Tree Studios provided the finishes design.

Q. What type of paint are you using?

A. 100% acrylic water based paint formulated for interior surfaces. The paint is low in VOC and odour for maximum indoor air quality and engineered to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mould, mildew and fungus. The paint is approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice® program, as it provides superior protection against mould and mildew.

Q. Why are you doing renovations/ refresh?

A. The Centre is 40 years old this year and the rooms have been repaired, patched and modified  in an ad hoc manner during those 40 years. When looking around the centre it is clear that there is room for improvement with the environment and performing a ‘refresh’ of the rooms will create a lighter, brighter and more inviting place for childen, staff and parents to enjoy.

Q. How will the centre pay for the refresh?

A. Over the years the Centre has built up its cash reserves to enable a refresh like this to occur. The Centre won’t need to borrow money to undertake the refresh.

Q. Where will the children go while their room is being refreshed?

A. The Centre has hired a demountable building to be placed in the carpark in McConaghy Street that will be used to supplement room space for the children. Where possible children will be moved into other rooms with existing children for the period of their room being renovate or into the demountable building. In addition to the demountable building there will be temporary fencing erected around the demountable building to ensure the security of children.  While the bathroom is being refreshed in the Kookaburras room portable toilets have also been hired to be placed near the demountable building.

Q. How often will the portable toilets be emptied?

A. We have scheduled them to be emptied every two weeks and will monitor them to determine if they should be emptied more regularly.

Q. Why start the refresh at this time of the year?

A. During December/ Janaury the Centre typically has less children attending and therefore there are less children disrupted and more space available in existing rooms for chilrden to move into while their room is being refreshed.