St Anthony of Padua Catholic College is a newly established and growing co-educational school in Austral, South West Sydney.
The school’s growth plan is to offer co-educational enrolments from pre-school through to Year 12. Stage 3a of this plan required over 800m2 of new learning space for the start of the 2020 school year.
An important aspect of the design brief for the new buildings was that the learning spaces be truly flexible to cater for a range of ages and learning applications as new year groups progress through the school.
EPB collaborated with DWP, the school’s architects, to design two large state-of-the-art buildings opening onto a central 9 metre wide covered breezeway. The buildings contain multiple open plan learning spaces and include practical activity areas, science lab facilities and withdrawal and quiet spaces.
Thirteen areas were equipped with latest audio visual and ICT technology including augmented hearing. Green screens were installed in two areas for the students to use in making films.
A solar PV system was installed to offset the building’s power consumption and provide a sustainable, clean energy supply of electricity, enabling the school to avoid the costs of upgrading their grid power supply.
The building was prefabricated in a factory off site and the modules were delivered to site for rapid installation. The overall project was completed within 3 months of commencement of site works.
The buildings were completed and opened by the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, on 22nd November 2019