Hutchinson Receives National Education Facility Award for Fortitude Valley State Secondary College Project

Did you know that Hutchinson has been conferred a National Education Facility Award for its transformative work at Fortitude Valley State Secondary College?



The completion of Stage 2 of the project at Fortitude Valley State Secondary College marks a significant milestone in the school’s evolution. This phase introduces modern classrooms and a state-of-the-art sports center to Queensland’s first-ever vertical school. The expansion has created over 300 secure jobs for locals, fostering growth and development.

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At a cost of $43 million, Stage 2 adds an innovative senior learning precinct, poised to welcome the first cohort of Year 10 students. Education Minister Grace Grace highlighted the government’s substantial $143 million investment, enriching both education and employment opportunities in our inner-city suburb.

The new facilities encompass 13 purpose-built classrooms, tailored for Years 10 to 12 students. These spaces are equipped with cutting-edge amenities, including technology labs, industry-standard kitchens, senior science labs, a textiles studio, and dedicated breakout areas fostering collaborative learning.

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Minister Grace emphasized the integration of these classrooms above a comprehensive sports facility with two versatile courts, showcasing the project’s innovative design and functionality.

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Hutchinson Builders’ triumph in the National Education Facility Award spotlights their commitment to delivering exceptional learning environments. This recognition reinforces their position as leaders in creating state-of-the-art educational infrastructure within our community.



The Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards celebrated outstanding projects and talent across various sectors. Hutchinson’s success underscores the dedication to excellence witnessed in the construction and development industries, resonating within our community and beyond.

This achievement not only elevates the school’s educational offerings but also shines a bright spotlight on Fortitude Valley’s commitment to fostering progressive and advanced learning environments for our residents.

Published 29-December-2023

Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane’s New ‘Festival Hall’ to Open in July 2019

Fortitude Valley, once the centre of alternative music in Brisbane, will become livelier with the soon-to-open Fortitude Music Hall.

The brand new music venue, located at 312 Brunswick Street right in the middle of the Brunswick Mall is slated to open this July.

It will be a 3,300-capacity venue with a mix of retail stores, an events space and a smaller, intimate “bar-style” venue for approximately 300 guests upstairs.



The $43 million venue is backed by construction giant Hutchinson Builders, former Powderfinger bass player John Collins and and the band’s former manager Paul Piticco, in partnership with his Secret Sounds Group co-founder Jess Ducrou.

Fortitude Music Hall’s launch will be a celebration of Brisbane music, according to Collins who announced there will be performances from Queensland’s artists.

As early as now, the venue already has bookings for the second half of 2019. Aussie surf rock and garage trio Skegss will perform in the venue this July whilst British rock band Architects will hold a concert in the music hall in August.

The Beatles’ Abbey Road Live, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, will also take place in the Fortitude Music Hall in August 2019.



Collins has high hopes for the new music venue, anticipating it to become a popular destination not just Friday and Saturday night but throughout the week.

The new music hall is set to replace the Brisbane Festival Hall, an iconic indoor arena sold and demolished in August 2003.

It hosted performances for virtually every major tour by visiting overseas artists, with the likes of The Beatles, The Bee Gees,  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, U2, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Scott Hutchinson, CEO of Hutchinson Builders, believes that the venue will fill a huge gap in the market, since the demolition of the original Festival Hall.

To stay in the loop about the upcoming gigs in the new venue, check out their website or follow them on Facebook.