New Schools 2021 – Cranbourne West Secondary College

Cranbourne West Secondary College for year 7-12 students has an inclusion hub that is designed to support a higher number of students with developmental or physical requirements than a typical mainstream school. The school buildings and its grounds have been imagined as a community heart that is inviting and engaging, with emphasis on nature-inspired learning.

Cranbourne West Secondary College for year 7-12 students has an inclusion hub that is designed to support a higher number of students with developmental or physical requirements than a typical mainstream school. The school buildings and its grounds have been imagined as a community heart that is inviting and engaging, with emphasis on nature-inspired learning.

Location
Boonwurrung Country
Cranbourne West,
Client
Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA)
Scale
$190M
Year
2021
Collaborators
Brand Architects
Project Contact
Christon Batey-Smith and Adrian Doohan
Photography
Dianna Snape
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Intensive learning spaces are provided in the visual arts and science + technology buildings with zones for practical activities and theory, and a range of collaborative spaces to enable cross disciplinary connections and the curated display of student work and resources. The community hub has learning spaces for food technology and the performing arts, each with strong connections to the outdoors, including a performance area and productive gardens. These spaces, along with a generous gallery foyer and the sports hall provide the school with a venue for large gatherings and performances.

From master planning through to detailed learning settings, we worked with VSBA’s New Schools team to design facilities that meet the needs of contemporary learners, teachers and pedagogies.

Christon Batey-Smith
Director, DesignInc Melbourne

Cranbourne West Secondary College will accommodate 1,100 students long term enrolment and 1200[HK1]  students peak enrolment. It is one of seven new schools that we delivered in collaboration with Brand Architects in the space of two years (from brief to delivery) to meet the deadlines for the VSBA New Schools 2021 program:

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Cameron James

Associate, Melbourne

Damien Ferlazzo

Associate, Melbourne

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Isabella Peppard Clark

Architect, Melbourne