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South Melbourne Primary School

129 - 161 Ferrars Street Southbank 3006

New School

  1. Start

  2. Planning

  3. Design

  4. Construction

  5. Finish

    Q1 2018

The above dates are forecast only and subject to change.

About the project

South Melbourne Primary School is a new state-of-the-art Prep to Year 6 primary school located on Ferrars Street. The school opened in 2018.

It is the first vertical government school in Victoria, and will accommodate more than 525 students.

Architects have created space and facilities that the community can share so that the school is fully embedded in neighbourhood life.

Having previously won ‘Future Project of the Year’ at the 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards held in Berlin, the school went on to pick up the Ministerial Commendation for the Best Example of Inclusive Design at the 2018 Victorian School Design AwardsExternal Link .


We’ve designed the school to support modern teaching and learning practice for a wide range of group sizes.

Key features include indoor and outdoor learning spaces; a vertical piazza; ‘learning neighbourhood areas’ such as shared kitchens, studios and reading lounges; an external play area on level 5; video and conference rooms; a food hub; indoor and outdoor sports courts; a library/interactive learning centre and gym.

The Victorian Government is working with the City of Port Phillip to ensure the school delivers new community facilities. These include a long day care kindergarten, maternal and child health consulting rooms, and sharing multi-purpose rooms and the indoor and outdoor sports courts.


In the 2016-17 State Budget, $44 million has been allocated to this project.

Funding type
New School

Reviewed 07 November 2022

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