Parkdale Primary School
Victorian Department of Education
Project Budget: $4.2 million
Status: Completed April 2012
Kennedy Nolan Architects were commissioned to develop a masterplan to modernise existing inflexible learning spaces and to enhance the school’s ability to provide pedagogical approaches that align with the needs of 21st century learners.
The master plan evolved from a consultative process involving the School Community, School Council Members and Kennedy Nolan Architects and was approved in April 2009.
The recently completed works involved the creation of a new central quadrangle framed by new learning neighbourhoods and the original refurbished brick 1920s school house. The central quadrangle provides a new school heart, strongly connected to the surrounding flexible teaching spaces that can also host local community groups.
A new architecturally significant and exciting Art / Discovery Room was created at the front of the school that complements the existing 1920s brick school building and enhances the Nepean Highway frontage, increasing the public profile of Parkdale Primary School and easily accommodating after-hours uses.
Photography by Emma Cross