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School Renovation, Sydney Secondary College

Sydney Secondary College’s school renovation project at its Balmain campus has earned top marks, through the clever use of Arrow Metal perforated metal panels to transform the dated classrooms whilst keeping the school open.

Working in collaboration with the NSW Department of Education, we manufactured over 330 perforated 3mm aluminium panels in pattern 234 to cover up the old-fashioned concrete walls that had degraded and spalled over time – a cost-effective school renovation solution that ensured minimal impact on student learning.

The result is a modern and inspiring learning environment befitting its picturesque waterside location that brings the school up-to-date and provides weather resistance – a vital project requirement due to the school’s proximity to the Parramatta River.

On-brand colours for school renovation projects 

A large-scale and complex school renovation, Sydney Secondary College’s project involved 14 different panel specifications in a range of sizes and feature folding for its four facades, including top/bottom returns, small ledges, angles, and sections.

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To create a scheme that reflects the school’s branding and values, panels were colour-matched to the school colours: The upper floor in Interpon Surfmist and the lower floor in Interpon Deep Ocean, which we had custom-made to extend the colour warranty and durability to 25 years.

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All panels were precision cut, finished, and delivered to the site installation-ready, reducing fitting time and meeting strict budgets in line with Government-funded public school projects.

Perforated metal solutions for school renovations 

We specialise in perforated metal for education projects, public, and private school renovations throughout Australia. Explore some of our other educational installations: See how Arrow Metal perforated metal created elevated learning booths for the award-winning NUspace campus in Newcastle, the sun-smart facade of Canterbury South Public School, and the balustrade for St Ursula’s College multi-stage makeover.

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To collaborate with us for your school projects in 2023, contact our team on (02) 9748 2200 or send us a project enquiry to

Download our brochure here to learn more about our pattern range, metals, and custom profile capabilities including PixelPerf bespoke pattern creation for unique architectural panels.

Browse or download our Perforated Metal Catalogue  or  Project Look Book for more perforated metal inspiration.

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