"the environment is your third teacher"
Denice Scala

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

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