New Building Project
Lauriston receives written approval from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for two planning permits relating to works at the Huntingtower and Blairholme sites.February 2018
Lauriston waits to receive planning permits from Stonnington Council.March-April 2018
Design Inc architects move forward with creating detailed construction plans for the four key precincts:
1. Underground Carpark
2. Sports and Health Precinct
3. Unified Junior School: new Year 5/6 and prep learning spaces, adventure playground
4. Early Learning Centre at Blairholme
Lauriston’s project management team establishes a set timeline for each stage of the build. A phased program enables an entire section of the build to be finished in a block. This is the most efficient use of resources and works to reduce disruption and so the new buildings can be used immediately by the school community.July-September 2018
This new carpark will help Lauriston to cater for all parking needs of teachers, staff and visitors on site for many years to come. It will eliminate people associated with the School parking in neighbouring streets.
The one level car park sits discreetly underground on the northwest corner of the Huntingtower campus (under the existing oval) and offers 143 parking spots including disabled parks. The entrance is on Huntingtower Road.
The facility will be built in the initial phase of the development to ensure additional carparks are available from the outset of the works. Once completed, the oval grass is replaced, new trees planted and a tennis court installed on top.
Underground carpark entry and exit
Malvern Road corner – new tennis court on top of carpark
Sports and Health Precinct
The existing gymnasium is too small to accommodate the comprehensive sport program offered at Lauriston. A new facility will reduce the amount of off-campus training and is located next to the existing swimming pool, creating a dedicated area for sport and health within the grounds of Lauriston. Greater access to sporting facilities stimulates strong foundations for ongoing involvement in physical activity and removes barriers for teenage girls to drop out of sport.
The ground floor features two full-size basketball and netball courts which can also be used for other sports such as badminton and volleyball. There is stadium seating for carnival and inter-school matches, so the School can host finals matches and offer the space to the broader community. Sport and wellbeing teachers have dedicated offices, and the extra change rooms allow more people to use the facility. An addition of a small learn-to-swim pool is for young or inexperienced swimmers.
The first floor has a cardio room so students can undertake pre-season development and strengthening. A weights area helps to personalise the program according to body type and skill level. A yoga and meditation space allows students to explore the power of mindful practice and greater equipment storage allows more choice of sports.
Interior of gymnasium with stadium seating and cardio room above
Entrance to gymnasium from within the school
Unified Junior School
The Junior School is run across two sites with the younger years (Prep-Year 2) located at Blairholme on Malvern Road. These girls are brought to the main campus to access the library, pool, refectory and main hall. Consolidating the Junior School into the one area will allow all the girls to be together. For the older girls, it will provide opportunities to show leadership and take on mentoring roles. For the young girls being close to their older peers will develop a greater sense of belonging.
Year 5 and 6 centre has flexible working spaces over two levels with high ceilings and natural light within the existing gymnasium. Each floor has generously sized classrooms, a common space where girls can come together as well as quiet areas where students can read or reflect on their learning.
Two purpose-built Prep classrooms are situated next to the Year 5 and 6 centre with easy access to the outdoor play area. The adventure playground is a fun and varied space that includes a range of equipment to foster creative and active play.
Exterior of Year 5/6 centre and link with new Prep classrooms
Inside the common learning space of the Year 5 and 6 centre
Early Learning Centre at Blairholme
A new consolidated approach to the Early Learning program is consistent with Lauriston’s strategy for the Junior and Senior School. The children and families can move seamlessly from babies to 4- year-old kindergarten benefiting from the Reggio Emilia inspired program and an extensive play and wonder area.
A refurbished and extended Blairholme house that is set back from back from Murray Street and refurbished with new kitchens, bathrooms and carpet. The architectural approach is in line with the streetscape and includes natural, muted colour palettes of external materials. The centre features a far-reaching natural outdoor play area.
The garden and set-back of the extension at Blairholme
The underground carpark will be built in the initial phase of the development to ensure additional carparks are available from the outset of the works.
The early completion of the underground car park will ensure safe and reliable onsite parking for visitors, parents and staff throughout the subsequent stages of construction and into the future.
There are eight stages outlined in the Strategic Framework which will deliver the four precincts. The project is set to start in 2018 and finish within four to five years. Some stages will overlap, and some will be sequential.
At all times the safety of our students, staff and visitors is paramount, and each stage of work will be quarantined from school activities to ensure the continuity and quality of education programs are not affected.
The staged construction program is undertaken in accordance with Stonnington Council requirements and an approved construction management plan. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to our school community and neighbours, and regular updates will feature in the School’s website and newsletter.
The main areas of construction activity are relatively confined, so potential noise impacts on classroom activities are minimised.
The existing recreation areas and open spaces are retained. The top of the underground car park will include four new sports courts with one constructed in the first stage. The existing sports field on Mercer Road will be unaffected, but the sports courts are to be replaced with the Junior School nature play area. The existing garden play areas in front of Montrose House and the Years 7 and 8 Centre on Mercer Road are retained.
Comprehensive landscaping will add to and extend the School’s high-quality garden setting. Where trees are removed, semi-mature replacement species will be re-planted and nurtured.
The existing open setting and mature trees in the front of Blairholme are retained and new landscaped play areas will be constructed along Murray Street.
The existing pick-up and drop-off area on the corner of Malvern Road and Huntingtower Road will be temporarily moved to another location within the Huntingtower campus during the construction of the Stage 1 – the underground carpark.
There will be no increase in the Stonnington Council approved number of students (1110) across the Huntingtower & Blairholme campuses. However, the new ELC at Blairholme will accommodate an increased number of places compared with the existing student numbers in the Prep to Year 2 classes (i.e. from 91 up to 182 places) but the Huntingtower Campus will have less students when the ELC students move to Blairholme.
The ELC at Blairholme will require a few additional staff resources; however, staff numbers will generally remain within the existing range of full-time equivalent places across the Huntingtower and Blairholme campuses.
Please contact Sally de Guingand on 98647582 or email@example.com
The new facilities at Lauriston are the result of years of planning and consultation. The architects, DesignInc have created contemporary, purpose-built spaces which are in harmony with the future while respecting the past.
The School Executive and Council have worked tirelessly with expert consultants to ensure the school followed heritage guidelines, sustainable principles and re-purposed buildings where ever possible. Most importantly, the changing landscape of education is addressed, so the new buildings reflect the needs of generations to come.
To understand the context, purpose and vision for the new building project we encourage you to read the Lauriston Girls’ School Strategic Framework - Buildings, Landscapes and Facilities.