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North Melbourne Primary School Stage 1

New classrooms, library and administration facilities along with the remodelling of the east and central wings of the existing heritage building.

  • Finalist – Primary School Category

    DET School Design Awards 2008

    Award – Public Alterations & Additions Category

    Victorian Architecture Awards 2009

    Client Brief

    This project is the first stage in the implementation of a Master Plan for North Melbourne Primary School. Program comprises a new GPC, Library and Staff/Administration building; remodeling of the east and central wings of an existing 1874 heritage building for GPCs, Art, Music and ancillary uses; relocatable GPC cluster; staff parking lot; and associated site and landscape works.

    Design Response

    With an enrolment of 460 students on a 1.54 hectare site, open space was at a premium. The new buildings were therefore deployed on the site to preserve and enhance the open space to the north of the heritage building, forming a U-shaped enclosure around the hardstand play area.

    In its remodeled form the 1874 heritage building has been returned to its floor plan, excepting some cross-wall openings made to achieve entitlement floor areas. The new building is long and narrow, with a single loaded circulation space to minimize its encroachment onto the hardstand.

    This project was one of three finalists for Best Primary School in the School Design Awards 2008.

  • North Melbourne Primary School Design Specifications

    Services Provided

    • Full Services


    Workshop Architecture


    Project Team: Tony Styant-Browne, Jen Rippon, Meena Gill
    Photography: John Gollings


    North Melbourne Primary School

    Date completed



    North Melbourne, Victoria

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