Supporting the expansion of the Middle School through new planning arrangements, buildings and refurbishments

Brisbane Grammar School Middle School Expansion


Brisbane Grammar School
QLD, Australia
March 2012 - December 2014
Masterplanning, Briefing and Full Architectural Services


Brisbane Grammar School is a day and boarding school for boys located near Brisbane’s CBD. This project involves the expansion of the existing Middle School, designed by BVN Donovan Hill in 1999, to add approximately 150 additional boys at the school. It consists of five separate projects, all with the goal of creating additional classrooms for the Middle School. The approach taken conforms with the school masterplan, also created by BVN Donovan Hill, which arranges the campus into precincts linked to both curriculum and age.

In order to create the new classrooms adjacent to the Middle School precinct, the project scope involves changes to several areas of the campus:

– relocation of four existing maths classrooms and faculty offices to the undercroft of the existing Lilley Centre;

– demolition of the existing Boarder’s Kitchen and Dining Room and relocation to the existing Maths Building (Old Correspondence School);

– demolition and relocation of the existing Tuck Shop to the Centenary Hall (replacing the existing Bookshop);

– fit-out of the lower level of the Centenary Building as classrooms for the Middle School along with the creation of a connecting courtyard;

– modification of existing classrooms in the humanities building to suit Middle School use.

The old Correspondence School is heritage listed so alterations for the Kitchen and Dining Room are designed to conform to heritage constraints.

Brief Elements

  • Centenary Building- ground floor to be converted from boarding house kitchen, dining room and tuck shop into classrooms;
  • Centenary Hall- book shop at the rear to be converted into the tuck shop;
  • Lilley Centre- the basement is to be converted into classrooms and accommodation for part of the maths faculty;
  • Humanities Building- reconfiguration to allow the classrooms on each level to be interconnected
  • Primary Industries Building- to be converted into a new book shop;
  • Old Correspondence School- ground floor to be converted from classrooms and accommodation for part of the maths faculty to a dining room and kitchen for the boarding house.


  • BVN Donovan Hill has long standing relationship with BGS, developing the masterplan and various projects since 1999
  • Development is sensitive to the heritage considerations of BGS, which has a number of heritage listed buildings dating back to the 1800s


Structural Engineer
Multi Tech Solutions
Mechanical Engineer
H Design
Hydraulics Engineer
Steele Wrobel
Quantity Surveyor
ASK Consulting Engineers
Acoustic Engineer
Fire Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Robert Timms
Project Manager and Construction