Meadow Springs Primary meets Mandurah expansion
Meadow Springs is another suburb to receive a brand new primary school as the State Government continues to meet Perth’s expanding population with quality, sustainable education facilities.
Phase one of the $16.6 million project was handed over to the Department of Education on 31 January 2012 and has been occupied for the start of the school year. The project was completed on time and on budget, despite late additions to the project scope.
The school, in Mandurah’s northern suburbs, was built by Smith Constructions, designed by Sandover Pinder Architects and project managed by the Department of Finance’s Building Management and Works business.
Phase One of the project includes an administration building, dental therapy clinic, pre-primary block, arts and crafts block, teaching block, library, Building the Education Revolution multi-purpose building, and four early childhood transportables.
The school was built on an undeveloped natural site and is centred on the library, which is surrounded by landscaped courtyards. The teaching blocks beyond are connected by this central area, encouraging a sense of community in the school.
The covered assembly building to the south of the site will provide a visual landmark for the school and connect with the sports oval which will be shared with the City of Mandurah. The administration block acts as the entry to the school on Bellerive Pass.
The majority of school buildings have been positioned to maximise natural light while optimising cooling summer breezes, with building positions and screening vegetation reducing the effect of hot easterly winds. Mature Tuart trees and other existing vegetation was retained where possible and provides an immediate connection to the natural environment.
Steel frames and brick and metal cladding walls with pre-finished metal roofing provide low-maintenance, durable buildings while the large glazed entry of the administration block makes an impressive statement to the community as the public face of the school.
Revised estimates of the projected school population required the late addition of four early childhood transportable classrooms but these were successfully incorporated into the construction timetable and the school was able to open on schedule.
Phase two of the project -- the covered assembly building, teaching block for year six and seven students, sports oval , hardcourts and landscaping -- will be completed for the second term.
The school currently caters for 485 early childhood and lower primary students. The school will eventually hold 600 students.
The new school consists of
- administration and staff block, including offices, entry, medical room, store, conference and staff rooms -- with adjacent dental therapy clinic
- early childhood block, with six classrooms for pre-primary, kindergarten, year one and education support, and two internal activity areas
- a teaching block with art and crafts room and education support classroom, year two and three classrooms and internal activity area
- a teaching block for year four and five students, with four classrooms, education support classroom and internal activity area
- multi-purpose block
Phase Two will include
- covered assembly building with canteen, music room, machine store, sports store and gardener’s facilities
- a teaching block for year six and seven students, with four classrooms, education support classroom and internal activity area
- sports oval, hardcourts and landscaping.