"the environment is your third teacher"
Denice Scala

MLC Burwood, by Architecture BVN. Photography by The Guthrie Project.

MLC Burwood, by Architecture BVN. Photography by The Guthrie Project.

MLC Burwood, by Architecture BVN. Photography by The Guthrie Project.

MLC Burwood, by Architecture BVN. Photography by The Guthrie Project.

MLC School Masterplan

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Details

Client
MLC School
Location
MLC School, Sydney, Rowley Street, Burwood, New South Wales, Australia
Completion
June 2010 - November 2011
Value
$32,000,000.00
Services
Masterplanning and Briefing
Size

18,000m² GFA mixed new build and refurbishment

Description

The MLC School Masterplan establishes a framework for future development to 2030 that incorporates a new pedagogical model valuing collaborative, technology-enabled learning. The masterplan is the result of a thorough site analysis and extensive briefing process involving numerous workshops with students and staff. It proposes the following:

• Consolidation of school grounds

• Improved entry, wayfinding and circulation

• Extension of the chapel to allow for seating of 300

• Drama theatre re-fit allowing internal and external use

• “The Centre”: new heart of the school – glazed atrium connecting all sections of the main campus, and providing informal learning spaces, tutorial rooms, common rooms and café

• Transformation of existing classroom areas as multi-use ‘Learning Clusters’ and shared staff/student work spaces

• Improved entry, daylight and ventilation to gym and pool

• Gym extension allowing seating for 900, café and crèche

• New 1300 seat auditorium and music rehearsal rooms

• Park Road shared zone

• Potential relocation of the hockey field enabling an extended Creative and Performing Arts precinct linking the Junior School to the rest of the campus

Works emanating from this project include a new teaching and learning building informed by insights gained from ‘The Enlightenment Centre’: an experimental learning space developed during the masterplanning process.

Location

MLC School, Sydney, Rowley Street, Burwood, New South Wales, Australia

Awards

2019
Master Builders Association - Private Schools $25-$50M

Summary

  • Wide-ranging and extensive briefing process involving site visits, external consultants and numerous workshops with students and staff
  • Briefing process exposed staff and students to thinking about new paradigms for learning and an adapted campus environment which facilitates a new pedagogical model
  • Incorporates learnings from prototypical learning space ‘The Enlightenment Centre’ developed during masterplanning process

Consultants

Woolacotts Consulting Engineers
Structural
Ledingham Hensby Oxley & Partners Pty Limited
Civil
Acor Consultants Pty Ltd
Civil
Garvin Morgan & Company
Land Surveyor
Perumal Murphy Alessi
Heritage
Thompson Stanbury Associates
Transport
Big Switch Projects
Energy
ArborSite
Tree
Australian Tree Consultants Pty Ltd
Tree
JBA Planning
Planning