Key to PMDL securing the commission for this prominent project for St Edwards College was an initial concept that went beyond simply accommodating the College’s education and facilities brief to considering what value the solution could offer the wider campus. The initial brief called for the replacement of the existing library, located centrally within the campus, with a larger contemporary learning environment as well as performing arts facilities, including music and drama and an auditorium.
CLIENT St Edward’s College
LOCATION Gosford, NSW, Australia
The sloping site provided the opportunity to design a building over 4 levels that, nestled into the slope, was in keeping with the scale of the surrounding context. The solution is a building, completed within time and budget, that provides a greater range and area of accommodation than initially envisaged, key connections to existing outdoor spaces, reinforcement of main circulation routes and generous civic space at multiple levels for gathering, play and extension of the learning. With no requirement for natural light the drama facilities and auditorium are buried in the ground providing the opportunity above ground to relocate the majority of staff facilities and the cafeteria into this central facility, aptly referred to as the learning hub.