No disruption to classes after Villanova College building incident

Uncategorised 11 January 2017

There will be no disruption to classes when school resumes for 2017 at Villanova College, Coorparoo, despite the collapse of a building façade in late December.

College Principal Mr Mark Stower had informed the College community a brick facade on the Fr Michael Morahan Staff Centre, which was undergoing building works, collapsed during the evening of 27 December.

The cause of the collapse is being investigated by both the builders and safety authorities.

“The building was fully fenced off as a construction site and no one was on site at the time of the collapse,” Mr Stower said.

“The building had been undergoing rectification works to deal with some issues arising from the original construction completed in 2012.”

“The section that collapsed last month had previously been repaired around 12 months ago.”

Mr Stower said the incident was now being investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

“Workplace Health and Safety has recommended to the building company to engage an independent engineering report on the incident and I look forward to learning more from that report.”

“The safety of both students and staff at our school is paramount and I want to assure the school community that we are working closely with Workplace Health and Safety and the building company on this matter,” he said.

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11 January 2017

Media contact: Mrs Maree Lacey

Communication and Marketing Manager

Queensland Catholic Education Commission

P 07 33165819/M 0409947957/E: mareel@qcec.catholic.edu.au