Subiaco school ‘unique’
WA’S traditional football heartland will be transformed into a three-storey, inner-city college unlike any other in Australia, project director John Nicholas says.
Mr Nicholas has studied and visited schools as far afield as Hong Kong for urban design inspiration for the college planned at Kitchener Park.
The final plans will also need to fit Subiaco’s cultural heritage and character, including Federation architectural influences, he said.
Appointed the lead consultant last week, Mr Nicholas said high-rise schools were a new phenomenon for Australia.
The 2.4ha Kitchener Park site is set to be WA’s first threestorey public school.
The $68 million school would make use of the adjoining Subiaco Oval, although the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority said it was too early for any decisions on how that would be done.
Education Minister Sue Ellery said the new school would share the oval’s facilities with the community.
“This is a unique opportunity to utilise Subiaco Oval into the design of the new school and I’m confident the end result will be a win for the school and the local community,” she said.
Construction of the innercity college is due to begin mid-2018 and be complete for the start of the 2020 school year.
“It’s the most important and challenging school job we’ve ever done,” Mr Nicholas said.
The greatest challenge for the joint-venture team, Bateman T&Z Architects, would be providing a suitable social space for students to enjoy outside the classrooms, Mr Nicholas said.
An inner-city college was proposed by the Labor Government earlier this year as an alternative to relocating Perth Modern School and using that site for a new local-intake high school.
Labor had developed policy prior to the State election for Perth Modern School to relocate to a new high-rise Perth Academic College near Yagan Square.
Public backlash to Northbridge plans sent the party back to the drawing board.
Vision drawn: The Kitchener Common Masterplan shows the concept for the precinct, including an inner-city college, apartments and the redevelopment of Subiaco Oval.