Victorian School Building Authority
Structural & Civil Engineer – Adams Consulting Engineers
Services Engineer – NJM Design
Acoustic Engineer – Renzo Tonin
Land Surveyor – Peter Rickard and Associates
Landscape Architect – Land Design Partnership & Leftfield Design
Access Consultant – Equal Access
Hydrogeologist – MSH Groundwater
Bushfire Assessment – Keystone Alliance
Geotechnical Engineer – Civil Test
Quantity Surveyor – MBM
Building Surveyor – du Chateau Chun
The progressive rebirth of Exford Primary School from an overcrowded and under-resourced ‘country’ school on the suburban fringe to a fully resourced contemporary school is progressing over a number of stages following multiple rounds of significant state government funding.
The school suffered from being comprised entirely of relocatable buildings and operated without mains water, sewer or stormwater connections and insufficient power and telecom services. Its relative isolation, surrounded by sheep paddocks, belied the suburban fringe that was approaching and driving significant growth in student numbers.
Following extensive consultation with the broader school community and working closely with the VSBA, we developed a detailed master plan that allowed for the safe, functional and continuous operation of the school throughout planned multistage construction phases, as well as satisfying the School’s rapidly expanding accommodation requirements.
The completion of Stage 1 of the plan is a testament to the value placed in a considered design process in order to ensure a successful built outcome. At the core of this is that Architecture Matters listens, with recognition of the school’s particular needs requiring a careful interpretation and application of VSBA’s building quality guidelines.
Early works to established adequate infrastructure services to the site provided a vital underpinning to the school’s long-term viability.
Exford Primary School demonstrates how facilitating the active participation of the school community in the design and development process can deliver buildings and spaces that will play a pivotal role in shaping the school’s sense of place and identity for decades to come.
The Stage 1 works were successfully completed in July 2022, and included a new administration building incorporating staff amenities, a formal school entrance, a junior learning base building that accommodates eight general learning areas (GLAs), and student amenities. Extensive landscaping, coordination of infrastructure upgrades and integration with multiple existing relocatable buildings across the school site were also included.
Once the Stage 1 works were underway and having proved the viability of the comprehensive redevelopment of the school whilst it remained in operation, substantial additional funding was granted to the school to enable the completion of the master plan as a three-stage project delivery to run over subsequent 18-months.
Stage 2 commenced in December 2022, divided into three consecutive parts, A, B and C:
Stage 2A is a two-level GLA and specialist building with student amenities and staff work areas.
Stage 2B is a refurbishment of Building Education Revolution-era paired-5MOD relocatables that we have arranged symmetrically around a central gallery space to create a new library, science and food preparation facility.
Stage 2C is a community hub building incorporating a full-sized gym with stage, physical education office, student amenities and canteen.
Additionally, all remaining areas of the school will be progressively landscaped, with the sports field and playing surfaces being rebuilt or added.