Melton West Primary School
Reinventing the existing primary school in response to contemporary needs in a growing area with great ethnic diversity and significant social disadvantage.
This school sits on the suburban outskirts of Melbourne’s west, in a rapidly growing area of great ethnic diversity and significant social disadvantage. A masterplan was completed as part of a pilot program for larger primary schools in locations with the demographic demand and the available space. This addressed the small ageing classrooms, the need for contained outdoor breakout spaces, failing amenities, the absence of a space for the whole school to gather and a dusty, disfigured oval.
The entry was moved to the west with a pair of new admin buildings – one built in this first stage – connected to the extruded body of the retained classroom blocks. A new multisport oval was built giving a northern focus for the new multipurpose hall with a generous glazed outlook to the north and south. Completing the first stage of works is a new amenities block, plugged into the trimmed end of the northern teaching block.
One of the challenges was how to negotiate the significant scale difference between the hall and the adjacent school buildings. This was achieved by wrapping a low scale skillion roofed strip – with changing rooms, canteen, music and art rooms – around the northern side which folds back on itself to the west to embrace the new oval. The vertical surfaces of the hall are then carefully configured to reduce their reading to a collection of repeated parts rather than a monolithic whole. Internally, the width, depth and height – due to minimum Netball Victoria standards as well as maximum VSBA entitlements – led to a space of non-negotiable size and dimension. The volume captured between the deep long span roof trusses became an opportunity for spatial expression whilst facilitating controlled natural light and cross flow ventilation to the unconditioned space of the hall.
An integrated PA system, motor operated basketball backboards, split system heating and cooling and CCTV security complement the technical requirements typical of a project of this nature.
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Project Director: James Staughton
Project Team: James Staughton, Simone Koch, Gab Olah, Chenzi Yu
Photographer: John Gollings
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