PMDL has successfully executed two crucial phases of the masterplan for St. Dominic’s College in Penrith New South Wales. The accomplishment of these phases was made possible through an extensive and collaborative masterplan and design process. This approach yielded a feasible solution for the site, involving the concurrent construction of two facilities, with the first facility serving as transitional space during the construction of the second.
The initial phase, known as Block E, represents a remarkable solution to a challenging set of requirements. This building was designed to meet the College’s aspirations for a new sports facility and associated amenities, general learning spaces, “grandstand” facilities, specialized music learning areas, and a performing arts hall. This achievement was particularly remarkable considering the constraints of a site that was effectively fully developed. The use of the narrow and slopped strip of land between the play fields and the street resulted in the creation of a cutting-edge facility that exceeded expectations.
The second phase, known as Block A, involved the creation of a new entry building. The design approach limited building replacement, instead proposing addition to the facade and a layer of new accommodation fronting the street. This transformation addressed a critical issue for the College, their once recessed entry that compromised the College’s access. By moving the entry closer to the street boundary, this transformation significantly improved its visibility and impact. The entry and reception area were crafted as a welcoming double-height environment, effectively distinguishing between students and the public in a subtle yet highly effective manner, ensuring the meticulous management of duty of care throughout the day. The public interface was appropriately celebrated, with all public facilities, including the Boardroom, easily accessible from the public foyer.
Both buildings now stand as proud landmarks in the landscape, Block A offering a transformed street address and entry. Block E offering a thoughtful urban response to the road and a dynamic and functional connection to the sports fields.
CLIENT St Dominic’s College
LOCATION Penrith, NSW, Australia
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Country on which this project is sited, the people of the Darug clan. We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.