The works comprise Phase 2 of the school’s strategic masterplan and involve a new five storey rebuild of an existing block to provide a dedicated “Science Hub”.
From a teaching perspective, this allows more flexible science teaching, an upgrade of facilities to reflect the prominence of this subject at the school as well as improved thermal performance of the building and increased natural light levels.
The overall design strategy echoes the scale, materiality and form of the existing so that the building appears as a considered whole. The composition of the roof, windows and over cladding updates the 1970s design aesthetic in an elegant and subtly refined form. This was achieved by mirroring the flat roof of adjacent blocks and matching parapet levels. The curved aluminium roof follows the 2010 infill extension, and the fenestration of the curtain wall glazing is mirrored to create the appearance of two ‘bookends’ along the northwest elevation. The new locker pavilion along the pedestrian plaza is transparent and presents as an addition to the block building.