Plans for a state-of-the-art primary school and multi-purpose community space in one of Sydney’s most rapidly growing suburbs have been revealed.
Estimations that more than 60,000 residents will call Green Square home by 2030, have initiated the City of Sydney in cooperation with the NSW Department of Education to fund this purpose-built community development.
The primary school – to be built on the former South Sydney Hospital site – will feature fit-for-purpose learning spaces and facilities will aim to meet the increasing enrolment demands of the developing locale.
The school is part of a greater community infrastructure project that will connect the Green Square Library and civic plaza and include the addition of 40 new parks.
NSW Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the school will be located in the heart of the Green Square community and set a benchmark for urban development.
“This revolutionary school design will provide much-needed community facilities that will be activated day and night for the whole community to use,” Lord Mayor Moore said.
“By planning for the community’s needs alongside residential development, we are transforming Sydney’s oldest industrial heartland into a lively, connected and well-serviced community.”
The award-winning design was created by BVN architects and was chosen through a competition run by the NSW Department of Education and the City of Sydney.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the design marked an important milestone in the planning process and she was excited to share the first artist impressions of the project.
“Schools are the hearts of our communities and the winning design from BVN captured this and created a fantastic place for children to learn,” Minister Mitchell said.
BVN architect and principal Matthew Blair said the current educational model set a framework for flexible, varied and functional learning spaces based around community hubs.
“This project provides a rare opportunity to create a modern, neighbourhood-scaled school that contributes to a shared public domain,” Mr Blair said.
”This has been a unique and exciting opportunity to create an exemplar public school that genuinely supports both a school and local community to thrive.”