A unique partnership between Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) and the Department of Education and Training is bringing world-class sporting facilities and a new multi-level secondary school to Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.
The MCC has confirmed it will fund two competition grade ovals, a pavilion and a multipurpose pitch at the new Beaumaris Secondary College, which will be developed on the site of the previous Beaumaris Campus of Sandringham College on the corner of Balcombe and Reserve roads.
This mutually beneficial partnership will provide sporting facilities to the school during operating hours, and to the MCC and local sporting groups after hours.
“Here’s a way to combine what organised amateur community sport needs and what the Education Department needs,” Melbourne Cricket Club CEO Stephen Gough said.
ClarkeHopkinsClarke architects have been engaged to design the new Beaumaris Secondary College campus, which will span over three levels to form one of the city’s first ever ‘vertical schools.’The standalone co-educational school will cater to 650 students from grades seven to 12.
“The partnership is a win-win for the school and the wider Beaumaris community who have campaigned so hard for this school to be upgraded,” ClarkeHopkinsClarke Partner Wayne Stephens said.
The campus will also incorporate a sports stadium housing a competition size netball /basketball court, performing arts spaces plus food technology kitchens and canteen facilities, also designed for potential shared community use.
To further enhance the campus’ connection with the community, the main entry of Beaumaris Secondary College will lead into a double storey library resource centre, reception and administration area.
“When you enter the school you’re entering into a library, so it feels like a public space. It’s really about opening these spaces up for community use,” Mr Stephens said.
The first and second floor will feature a diverse range of learning spaces to support different modes of learning and teaching, including large collaborative areas, small group discussion pods, direct instructional spaces, creative wet areas, and informal learning spaces.
Vertical circulation and voids provide connectivity between the different levels and create opportunities for gathering and social spaces.
Inviting the wider community into schools has become standard practice in ClarkeHopkinsClarke’s education projects.
Mr Stephens said Beaumaris Secondary College will not only cater to students and staff, but potentially hundreds more residents in the wider community.
Demolition of the former school buildings commenced on August 29, 2016 at a media event attended by the Minister for Education, James Merlino.
Construction of the new school buildings at Beaumaris Secondary College will start in January 2017, with the school set to open in Term 1, 2018.