Brand new and ready for action … but watch this space
This is the first stage of a 3 stage program for the year 11 and 12 students at the College. The site was selected to give these older students a little separation and privilege along with the responsibility which comes with growing maturity. The site overlooks the sports field and is surrounded by mature trees which we have managed to retain. The building was handed over for the start of the 2015 school year and the landscaping has a long way to go.
Stage 2 is underway. Consisting of 4 classrooms spaces and a seminar room, this section of the building will be operational for the start of 2016.
The Senior Student Complex is designed as a series of class-sized, spaces opening into a central learning court. The central space will initially be open, but in stage 3 a roof will be brought over the top and the whole space fully enclosed. The students and staff will then have the flexibility to learn as larger and smaller groups or pursue individual study in various locations around the complex. Two science laboratories will be provided in the completed 3 stage scheme. The first wet lab with preparation room and chemical store is now in operation. The second, a physics laboratory will be located in the central court with low glass walls to maintain the transparency through the spaces. Large areas of full-height glass link the classrooms across the court and the high roof over the central space will flood the complex with soft light from the south facing clerestory windows.
Ron Meyles is a great builder, always thinking, always looking for economical solutions but using quality tradespeople who care about details. The end result is an excellent outcome. This building of 350m2 was completed in just over 6 months.
Architect: Daniel Smedley