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North Melbourne Primary School

25 Molesworth Street North Melbourne 3051

New school campus — Molesworth Street campus

  1. Start

    Q4 2016

  2. Planning

  3. Design

  4. Construction

  5. Finish

    Q1 2023

The above dates are forecast only and subject to change.

About the project

We're building a second campus for North Melbourne Primary School at 25 Molesworth St, North Melbourne. The innovative new vertical campus will open in 2023 and help the growing local population get great education close to home.

The project was anticipated to be complete for day 1, Term 1 of 2023, however the new campus is experiencing construction delays.

The VSBA has worked closely with the school to put in place interim arrangements for students. All enrolled Prep to Year 2 students will start their 2023 year at the Errol Street Campus and move across to the Molesworth Street Campus once the building is operational, for the start of Term 2, 2023.


In the 2018–19 State Budget, $2.15 million was allocated to planning for this campus.

From the 2020–21 Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration fund, the campus was allocated $5 million. In the 2020–21 State Budget, the campus received at least $36.12 million.

Funding type
New School
  • To enrol at the school, please confirm that North Melbourne Primary School is the designated neighbourhood schoolExternal Link for your child.

    The Molesworth Street Campus will operate as a Prep to Year 2 junior campus. The Errol Street Campus will operate as a Year 3 to Year 6 senior campus.

  • The VSBA will deliver an information session in Term 1, 2023. The event will be promoted through the VSBA website and school channels including Facebook. You can also sign upExternal Link to recieve an email alert.

  • We're building Molesworth Street Kindergarten for three and four-year-old children on level five of the campus, incorporating two rooms and opening on to outdoor learning and play spaces.

    Those enrolled at the new kindergarten will start their 2023 year at the Errol Street Campus and move across to the Molesworth Street Campus once the building is operational, for the start of Term 2, 2023.

    The kindergarten will operate from an interim site at the existing Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) space at the North Melbourne Primary School’s Errol Street campus during Term 1, 2023 while works are completed at the permanent location, subject to regulatory approval.

    • The department is arranging for the OSHC space to be adapted and fit out to ensure it is appropriate for kindergarten use, and for dedicated outdoor play areas for kindergarten children during Term 1. The department will also reinstate the spaces for ongoing use for the school once the permanent kindergarten facility opens.
    • Biz-E-Kidz will continue to operate North Melbourne Primary School’s OSHC program as normal during Term 1, from a different location in the school, subject to regulatory approval.
  • The new campus will feature multiple learning spaces, breakout areas, staff and meeting spaces within the four levels.

    Other facilities include:

    • Food technology
    • Music/Art room
    • Performance and gathering space
    • Community Hub
    • Specialist teaching spaces
    • Administration and library
    • Outdoor and indoor play spaces

    The fifth level will hold a new kindergarten.

    Here is a breakdown of facilities by level:

    Level 5

    • Kindergarten reception
    • Two children’s rooms
    • Children’s bathroom / toilets
    • Kitchen
    • Accessible / staff toilet
    • Laundry
    • Staffroom / kitchenette
    • Outdoor learning space

    Level 4

    • Six general purpose classrooms
    • Four breakout rooms
    • Shared reading area, storage, and mini library
    • Shared learning sapce
    • Shared landing (welcome landing)
    • Meeting room
    • Staff work space
    • Staff and student toilets

    Level 3

    • Six general purpose classrooms
    • Four breakout rooms
    • Shared reading area, storage, and mini library
    • Shared learning space
    • Shared landing (welcome landing)
    • Meeting room
    • Staff work space
    • Staff and student toilets

    Level 2

    • Six general purpose classrooms
    • Four breakout rooms
    • Shared reading area, storage, and mini library
    • Shared learning space
    • Shared landing (welcome landing)
    • Meeting room
    • Staff work space
    • Staff and student toilets

    Level 1

    • Outdoor play space
    • Shared landing (welcome landing)
    • Canteen
    • Consulting/meeting room
    • Three general purpose classrooms
    • Two breakout rooms
    • Shared learning area
    • Staff work space
    • Staff, student toilets and cleaner’s storage
    • Specialist teaching spaces
    • Food technology
    • Art room

    Lower ground

    • Basketball court
    • Community hub
    • Spectator seating
    • Change rooms
    • Gymnasium storage
    • Music room
    • Performance and gathering space


    • Outdoor play space
    • Molesworth Street entrances
    • Hardwicke Street play space entry
    • Future lane entrances
    • Staff and student toilets
    • Administration area, library
    • Covered public meeting space
  • We are building a campus designed to engage all students with connected, inclusive, and adaptable spaces that support 21st century teaching and learning approaches.

    The campus will comprise a six-storey tower near the eastern corner of the site, connected to a community hub. This layout will enable us to create a large outdoor learning and play space on ground level and another on the gymnasium roof.

    The community hub has a music room and a performance and presentation zone. It will also have a gymnasium designed for basketball, netball and many other functions.

    On ground level, the reception, administration and library are the welcome zone. This zone together with the level 1 specialist areas and landscaped roof top form the heart of the campus.

    The teaching and learning environments on levels 2, 3 and 4 share a similar design.

    They have a learning neighbourhood with three general purpose classrooms at each end.

    The neighbourhoods open onto shared learning areas, (commons).

    Commons have a mini library and branch off to quiet learning spaces, consultation rooms and maker spaces.

    We are also building a kindergarten for three and four-year-old children on level 5.

    All spaces are inclusive with an equal and integrated circulation path inside and outside.

    To travel through the campus, there is a large, central staircase and a lift for anyone requiring it.

    The indoor learning environments are integrated with the outdoor learning and play spaces.

    This arrangement will enable the school to provide diverse programs.

    Children will benefit from the many different experiences on offer such as sports, recreation, outdoor learning, events, and performance along with active, nature and sensory play.

  • The campus is designed to support current teaching and learning approaches and to adapt to meet changing needs.

    All indoor and outdoor spaces are multipurpose. This will help us meet the varying student learning styles, abilities, interests and personality types.

    Flexible features

    The performance zone has a music room that can turn into a stage. Simply open the retractable walls to reveal a space with tiered seating. Things like performances, meetings and presentations will work well here.

    We are building a landscaped outdoor space on the gymnasium roof top next to level 1. It has a kitchen garden and is near the canteen. Some possible uses are outdoor learning, physical education, and active and age-group based outdoor play.

    Learning commons can host activities such as group meetings, story time and social interaction. Or if you’re looking for a space for quiet reflection, reading or small group activities, check out the breakout spaces. You’ll find all of these on levels 2, 3 and 4.

    Spaces off the staircase on each level (welcome landings), perform many roles.

    Here students gather before and after class, view work displays, access their bag storage and pass through to get to other places.

  • Integral part of campus

    The outdoor environment is designed to host a diverse range of school programs including outdoor learning, sports, recreation, structured play, unstructured play, social interaction, participation, events and performances.

    Universal design

    A continuous accessible circulation path on the outdoor ground level will connect a series of accessible and interconnected zones.

    Outdoor experiences

    Extensive opportunities will be offered for students to engage with nature, sensory materials and the outdoor environment.

    Diverse and inclusive

    Outdoor spaces, facilities and experiences are designed to cater for students of varying ages, abilities, personality types and interests.


    Cleverly designed, flexible and adaptable spaces will facilitate multiple uses and programs.

    Clear sight lines, circulation and way finding

    Fosters safe, welcoming and inviting outdoor amenities.

    Shade and screening

    More than 80 evergreen and deciduous trees, featuring approximately 17 species will provide canopy and privacy.

    High biodiversity

    Over 3000 plants ranging from water sensitive shrubs, groundcovers, grasses and climbers to herbaceous and flowering plants will bring a rich variety of species incorporating local endemic species.

    Kitchen garden

    Edible local species such as bush tucker plants, an outdoor workbench and sink will enable cooking activities.

    Connecting community

    Spaces for school performances, assembly and events will help to build sense of community.

    Sustainable design

    The landscape’s abundant plant coverage and tree canopy featuring water sensitive urban design, biodiversity and habitat, permeable surfaces and durable, sustainable materials will help reduce urban heat island effect and double for nature play.

    Six different entrances

    A choice of ways to enter and exit the campus, bicycle parking in two locations and a covered public meeting space aim to support sustainable transport – through convenient access close to homes and public transport routes, with multiple drop-off or pick-up options.

    Tree shade canopy – key species

    • Eucalyptus ‘silver shadow’
    • Brachychiton acerifolius
    • Ulmus parvifolia
    • Acacia melanoxylon

    Habitat trees and plants – key species

    • Allocasuarina littoralis
    • Brachychiton acerifolius
    • Eucalyptus species
    • Banksia integrifolia
    • Brachyscome multifida
    • Eucalyptus species
    • Xerochrysum viscosum
    • Gymea excelsa

    Bush tucker and kitchen garden – key species

    • Atriplex cinerea
    • Billardiera scandens
    • Carpobrutus rossii
    • Banksia marginata
    • Ficus platypoda
    • Olea ‘Bambalina’
    • Rosmarinus officinalis
    • Thymus vulgaris
  • The new campus is located 350 metres from North Melbourne Primary School.

    Its unique, triangular site is bordered by Molesworth Street, Hardwicke Street, and a proposed tree-lined laneway along the southern boundary

    We are creating six entrances into the campus. This will help connect the campus with surrounding housing and the neighbourhood.

    We are building an undercover space on the campus’s Molesworth Street corner. It’s designed for community to connect when dropping-off or collecting students.

    Our team will be planting over 80 trees and 3000 plants on the campus grounds. This will give children plenty of shade and enrich the environment.

    The front wall of the campus on Molesworth Street will be a made from glazing, (a glazed curtain wall system), with integrated sun shading elements. So the campus will get excellent natural light for learning.

    We are making the south and west facades from patterned brickwork and concrete panels with sculptural patterning and glazing inserts.

    There will be lots of spaces for the school community to come together for performances, assemblies and events, both indoors and out.

    The gymnasium and ground level outdoor play space have been designed to enable community use. This will be subject to school policy.

  • We held a virtual information session on 16 December 2020. Local residents discussed the new school with Chris Keating, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian School Building Authority. Following further consultation, the Victorian Government announced the new school will be a campus of North Melbourne Primary School.

    The school community told us that they are keen to make the most of the unique opportunity offered by the proximity of the two school sites, and to ensure equity of access to the 21st century facilities the new campus will provide.

    We have consulted experts to ensure we factor educational, specialist, technical and specific cultural aspects into the design of the complex, vertical school. We consulted:

    • experts on learning environment designs
    • specialists in innovative learning environments
    • principals at some of Melbourne's newest vertical schools and other primary schools

Outdoor learning and play environment

North Melbourne Primary School (new campus) - Outdoor learning and play environmente, illustrated map
Outdoor learning and play environment

This image shows an illustrated render of the school's exterior, marking the locations of the following key facilities:

Six school entrances

Basketball half-court – ground level

Nature and sensory play

Active play – climbing equipment, sand pit, and shade structure

Amphitheatre and seating

Open space/playing field

Active play – slides and scrambling wall

Ground level terrace with four square line markings

Covered outdoor learning and kitchen garden – gymnasium roof

Raised play mounds

Basketball tree and netball half-court – gymnasium roof

Kindergarten outdoor learning and play

Bicycle parking

Download Outdoor learning and play environment

Site plan

Site plan

This plan shows the site of North Melbourne Primary School (new campus). Marked up are:

Molesworth Street

Hardwicke Street

Future street

open space

school building

entry points.

Download Site plan

Minor Capital Works Fund — Errol Street campus

  1. Start

    Q4 2020

  2. Planning

  3. Design

  4. Construction

  5. Finish

    Q4 2021

The above dates are forecast only and subject to change.

About the project

We helped the school upgrade the area around the school oval.


In the 2020 Minor Capital Works Fund the school was allocated $146,125

Funding type
Minor Capital Works Fund

Reviewed 24 January 2023

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