Education and Childcare Facilities
As populations grow throughout Victoria’s cities and towns, more new facilities such as schools and childcare centres are required. Landserv helps the Department of Education, Councils and private organisations to prepare sites for the development of new schools and childcare centres, both inner-urban and in new “greenfield” suburbs.
We do this by investigating the environmental condition of the land and, if required, cleaning it up.
As with much inner-urban redevelopment, sometimes school sites are required to be built on land formerly used for light industrial use or with fill material from unknown sources. Education and Childcare are sensitive land uses and it is important for these sites to be pristine and free of environmental risks prior to construction.
In new outer-urban suburbs, regional cities and towns, our due diligence investigations for new schools and childcare centres cover a broad range of issues, including ensuring that the land is free of contamination, as well as investigating and managing constraints such as flora and fauna, cultural heritage and geotechnical stability. Landserv regularly conducts these “Site Suitability Assessments” for greenfield education sites.
The Children’s Services Act 1996 requires the location of childcare premises to be satisfactory for the operation of a children’s service. In particular, the soil which children have access to at childcare centres must not contain substances at levels that are harmful to human health.
Guidelines issued by the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) emphasise that at least one preliminary environmental assessment is required where children will be likely to have access to the soil, in all proposed childcare sites (with or without buildings) as well as existing centres. Investigation is also required for premises where soil-disturbing activities are being planned (such as extension, alteration, or deep excavations), or where works will take place in areas that are, or will be, used for children’s outdoor play.
A major area of expertise for Landserv is providing environmental assessment and remediation programs to assist councils in meeting their legal and due diligence responsibilities for children’s services. We aim to offer the most economical and efficient solutions possible by working closely with clients through all stages of each project.
Landserv’s risk assessment and ranking processes assist our clients to plan and manage their entire Childcare property portfolio, whilst addressing high risk sites as their highest priority.