This project comprises the redevelopment and extension to the existing Year 7 LOTE centre. The existing building is the oldest building on the campus and occupies the high profile site on the corner of Sayers Road and Marquands Road. The redevelopment has provided the opportunity to refurbish the existing fabric and construct a new iconic extension to greatly enhance the visual appearance of the campus. The program within the building is split into two parts centered around a new pedestrian link through to the new campus. The LOTE faculty has been located a provide greater connection back to the main campus while careful attention has been given to the Yr7 facilities to ensure a subtle mix of connection and seclusion has been achieved to assist students with the transition from primary to secondary school. The Yr7 spaces have been supplemented by an extensive undercover outdoor space providing weather protection for breaks and an alternative teaching option. The traditional classrooms have been enhanced by a large flexible multipurpose space which can be transformed from a large open plan area to a 150 seat theatre by the use of operable walls, sliding doors and retractable seating. An ongoing priority for Westbourne Grammar School is an emphasis on Sustainable Design. The building utilises and number of energy minimisation strategies including natural ventilation systems, lighting control and rain water capture and reuse. The redevelopment also forms part of an overall masterplan for the site generating new pedestrian connections and resolving a number of car parking and traffic flow issues.
Photography by Rhiannon Slatter.