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Whittington Primary School

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Whittington Primary School is located within the City of Greater Geelong Shire, neighbouring two civil learning centres and valued by the local – yet disadvantaged – community. It has experienced a steady increase in enrolment numbers over recent years. The aged existing buildings could no longer serve the needs of the current curriculum, flexible use and growth, so a new masterplan of the site was undertaken. The brief was to provide Junior and Senior buildings and a multi-purpose Gymnasium to serve the school and local area.

Our design provides a solution that is modern, dynamic and progressive, fostering strong community relationships. It has been the intent to deliver forms which are evocative of the above criteria, whilst being robust and cost effective. To provide visual interest and open functional/ education/ landscaping opportunities, a series of patterns were incorporated across the site, allowing for the development of modern working/withdrawal spaces/alcoves, linking closely with outdoor learning space and landscaped treatments – suited to many educational activities for Primary school years. The overall outcome is to rejuvenate this school zone, giving it a strong identity, inviting community, creating an open and modern learning environment whilst looking forward towards Whittington’s future growth.

The capital works program at Whittington Primary School has been successfully managed and delivered by 3iD Architects. Throughout the design and construction process, the team at 3iD have been very responsive to our needs, clearly understanding the context in which the school and wider community operate. The 3iD team have had a clear vision which is responsive and considerate of the schools needs all the way from the initial brief to completion. As a result, high quality learning spaces that are both functional and engaging have been realised. Learning spaces are supportive of the school’s pedagogical approaches and create a stimulating environment which supports the diverse range of social, emotional and academic learning needs of our students. Both the internal and external learning spaces are highly functional and adapt to the wide range of school needs. The new school has become a centrepiece of our community and it supports the development of community engagement and pride in our school. Working in partnership with 3iD on this project has been very successful and we have no hesitation in recommending them to any prospective clients.

Craig Smith Principal
Whittington Primary School