Department of Finance
Building Management and Works
6 June 2016
12140m2 (stages 1&2)
$61.4n exl Gst (stages 1&2)
The organizational framework for Byford Secondary College’s campus utilises clear planning structures, with buildings arranged around a north-south axis. The spatial hierarchy throughout the campus acknowledges different student age groups and promotes inclusiveness and social interaction.
Either inside or outside, all spaces can be used for educational purposes. By catering for all ages and individual needs, the campus is inclusive to all students and welcoming to the community. The design acknowledges the local geography, referencing the prominent ridge line of the nearby ranges with an undulating form that is manifest throughout the campus architecture.
The distinctive use of subtle gradations of colour to code different building groups, is an effective wayfinding device, while also conferring a unique identity to each building in the campus. The School’s architecture underpins community values by offering after-hours access to its Drama, Sports, Technology and Enterprise facilities. This gesture adds to the overall social and cultural amenity of the locality.
The design satisfies the brief’s programmatic relationships and the requirement for flexibility; the needs of students, teaching staff and management; and anticipates changes in education practices with the inclusion of several adaptable spaces. The architecture contributes to the School’s social sustainability providing opportunities for the community to use School facilities and to also fully cater for the inclusion of special-needs students into all learning groups.