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Armidale Secondary College

A place for learning that unites generations

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With the amalgamation of two Armidale high schools, came the opportunity to create something that brought the whole community together, drawing on the past, to inspire the future.

Our work with Armidale Secondary College led to a 1580 student campus, designed around two core themes of shelter, and belonging. Taking its form from the need to protect students from harsh winds, and balance the desire for maximum sunlight in winter, and adequate shade in summer, the site plan uses an embracing arc, cradling a sun-drenched central plaza.

As a focal point for the community, it was important the college maintained its connection to the past, while championing its ambitions for the future.

Central to the site, and open to the community, we restored the 100-year-old Armidale High School building, housing the Performing and Creative Arts Facilities, while drawing on the natural colour palettes of the region.

Connection to Country was expressed through a nature walk and boardwalk over local wetlands, and the placement of a Yarning Circle, a part of an Agricultural Faculty, which also features state of the art farming and technical facilities.

Our highly collaborative design process has resulted in Armidale Secondary College being an inclusive, safe, and contemporary learning environment that engages with the Armidale environment and context. Its passive design, reuse of materials and repurposing an original building, help make it a project of high sustainability that will inspire belonging and nurture fresh ideas for generations to come.

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, HeritageDiscipline
EducationSector
Armidale, NSWLocation
BuiltStatus
Schools Infrastructure New South WalesClient
Richard Crookes Constructions, GHD, Marline Newcastle Pty LtdCollaborators
$110mBudget
Discipline
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Heritage
Sector
Education
Location
Armidale, NSW
Status
Built
Client
Schools Infrastructure New South Wales
Collaborators
Richard Crookes Constructions, GHD, Marline Newcastle Pty Ltd
Budget
$110m
Andrew Duffin
Director - Design
Macella Salzmann
Principal, Sector Lead - Education
Andrew Leuchars
Director, Practice Lead - Landscape Architecture
Samantha Polkinghorne
Director, Practice Lead - Heritage
Carmit Harnik Saar
Principal
James Kim
Principal
Hung-Ying Foong Gill
Associate, Interiors
Derek Mah
Associate, Community
David Heap
Technical Lead
    Trevor Eveleigh
    Technical Lead
      James Ward
      Chairman, Director - Strategy and Finance
        Andrew Duffin
        Director - Design
        Macella Salzmann
        Principal, Sector Lead - Education
        Andrew Leuchars
        Director, Practice Lead - Landscape Architecture
        Samantha Polkinghorne
        Director, Practice Lead - Heritage
        Carmit Harnik Saar
        Principal
        James Kim
        Principal
        Hung-Ying Foong Gill
        Associate, Interiors
        Derek Mah
        Associate, Community
        David Heap
        Technical Lead
          Trevor Eveleigh
          Technical Lead
            James Ward
            Chairman, Director - Strategy and Finance

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