The college has two projects to expand and upgrade its facilities:
Project 1: More classrooms and new campus
This involves three stages – providing additional classrooms at Danks St (complete), creating a new campus at Pickles St (in design) and relocating Melbourne City Mission (complete).
Project 2: Environmental Arts Hub
This project to build an Environmental Arts Hub is complete. The Hub is now open, see photos below.
Project 1: More Classrooms & New Campus
We’re undertaking a three-stage project to cater for increasing enrolments. The first stage - creating additional classrooms in the gymnasium building at the Danks Street Campus - is complete.
We are now turning our attention to developing a new campus at Pickles Street. This is in the early stage of planning and design. We will be refurbishing and reconfiguring the existing building to provide modern classrooms for up to 200 students.
The third stage is relocating Melbourne City Mission, who are the existing tenants at the Pickles Street site. This is in progress and we're working closely with Melbourne City Mission.
The architects for the new campus at Pickles Street are Jackson Clements Burrows Architects.
The architects for the additional gymnasium classrooms at Danks Street were Six Degrees.
We’ll appoint a builder for the new Pickles Street Campus after we’ve finalised the designs.
The builder for the additional Danks Street classrooms was Stokes Rousseau.
ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS HUB
We completed an Environmental Arts Hub at the Bay Street Campus in early 2017. This involved redeveloping a heritage-listed naval drill hall and former post office.
The Hub is being used for a specialist program the school runs for its 250 Year 9 students to develop their knowledge of arts, sciences and humanities through studying climate change and other environmental issues. This innovative cross-discipline approach to learning brings the students together with 25 members of staff, artists in residence, scientists and members of the local community.
The architects for this project were
The builders for this project were Stokes Rousseau.
The unique curriculum and architectural setting called for the design of non-traditional teaching spaces that celebrate the rare characteristics of the building to provide a creative and inspiring learning environment.
The build was a multi-award winner at the 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards.
More information about the school is available on the Albert Park College website.