ST PETER CHANEL PRIMARY SCHOOL

With increasing yearly enrolments, the redevelopment of the school has been paramount to facilitate future growth. Crosier Scott Architects were engaged to masterplan the school and roll out priority projects. The school comprised of an aging building stock requiring updating to reflect 21st century teaching. The primary objective was to create facilities that stimulate collaborative and individual learning by providing environments that enable teachers to work collaboratively, and to personalise student learning.

The initial redevelopment focused on updating administration and staff amenities, and reconfiguring classrooms. The school had outgrown the existing administration building and the refurbishment was seen as a key transformative initiative to engage with the parish, students and teachers. The existing building was gutted and extended to provide a contemporary building offering a purposeful and functional administration facility promoting connections to learning precincts and play areas.

Selective classroom refurbishments aimed at enhancing the learning environment were designed to allow for a variety of teaching and learning approaches providing a range of intimate and inclusive contemporary spaces. With these factors in mind CSA produced flexible learning spaces using mixed materials, where glazed windows and doors provide a visual and physical link between spaces in addition to seamless supervision.

Sustainability considerations saw the introduction of natural climate control & energy efficient systems, the use of renewable resources, collection and re-use of rainwater, and using recycled building materials where appropriate.

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