The second stage of works at St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Meadowbank included the design of a new two-story Learning Hub GLA block on the northern portion of the site, as well as the refurbishment of an existing staff and administration building.
Both floors of the new Learning Hub consist of an extensive open planned common learning area, surrounded by classrooms and auxiliary spaces. This configuration allows for a variety of interconnected learning and teaching opportunities, with classrooms that can be opened up to each other as well as the common areas using a 3-way sliding door system. The building has been designed to maximise flexibility, both in terms of the teaching spaces, as well as for future expansion. The design also provides for increased outdoor learning and play opportunities, with the scheme centred around a revitalised central courtyard, and a new verandah and green landscaped zone along the northern boundary.
This project is the latest stage in a Master Plan that provides upgrades to accessibility and supervision throughout the site, while also aiming to develop the school’s Catholic identity as an aspirational and progressive Catholic school. It also aims to provide an improved street presence, and to strengthen the inter-connection between the school and the neighbouring Parish facilities by providing additional external spaces for shared use.