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Victorian New Schools PPP

15 high priority new government schools

ClarkeHopkinsClarke as part of the Learning Communities Victoria (LCV) consortium, were the successful tenderer for Victoria’s New Schools Public Private Partnership Project (PPP). As lead design consultant, the ClarkeHopkinsClarke education team contributed to the planning, design and delivery of 15 high priority new government schools. The schools are located across a number of Victoria’s fastest growing metropolitan and regional communities including Bannockburn, Epping North, Point Cook South, North Geelong, Armstrong Creek, Torquay North, Mernda South, Casey Central East, Pakenham South West, Heather Grove and Cranbourne South West.

The project features a range of school types tailored to the needs of the community, including primary schools, prep to year 9 schools, prep to year 12 schools, a special school integrated primary, and a special development school for children with a high level of intellectual disability. Early learning facilities are also being integrated into the campus at six of the schools involved in the PPP program.

While the design of each school is unique and reflects the needs of the local community, common features throughout all schools include the development of environments that support a range of learning styles, an embedded awareness of environmental sustainability, and internal environments that are well ventilated and rich in natural light. The schools also feature a clear emphasis on diversity and inclusivity, ensuring equitable access for all abilities by designing flexible floor spaces. Learners and learning are the central tenets around which everything revolves.

The schools are designed as community hubs and will encourage community use and additional community facilities and programs through collaboration with consortium partners CERES and YMCA, local councils and other local organisations.





Related Projects

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Armstrong Creek School

Located on a greenfield site adjacent to a future secondary school, the Armstrong Creek School is an integrated education precinct featuring a Primary School, Special School, and Community Hub.

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Mernda Central P-12 College

Mernda Central P-12 College has been conceived as a place that students will want to attend, both during school and after school; an educational hub for children of all ages.

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Morwell Central Primary School

The School was developed to facilitate community connection and provide the culturally diverse Morwell Region with welcoming and inclusive learning environments to support the development of a strong community of learners.

Related Insights

Simon is part of an expert research panel, led by The University of Melbourne’s Dr. Ben Cleveland, for the research project which explores the idea of schools being used as community hubs and utilising them beyond the hours of 9.00am to 3.30pm.

Simon LeNepveu, Partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke (CHC) talks to Architecture & Design about how school design has changed over the years, the movement towards ‘inclusive schools’ and what CHC is doing in this area.

Stephens has over 20 years’ experience and takes an innovative and humanist approach to facility design. Architecture and Design spoke to him about the Wellbeing Centre, using a water feature to create a sound barrier and the changing face of education.