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Oran Park Public School

Fostering connection to land and place

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Sydney’s south-west growth centre is planned to accommodate around 110,000 new homes in the next 30 or so years. In view of the increasing demand for education facilities in the Oran Park area, NBRS was engaged by NSW Department of Education to design a new primary school with special needs facilities.

Located amidst gently undulating topography dotted with existing homesteads on hill tops and ridges, Oran Park Public School finds itself in a transitional zone full of opportunity to influence the trajectory of the expanding community. Its elevated position on the ridge line allows for not only clear arrival and navigation sequencing through the campus, but also views around the landscape and connections to Sir Jack Brabham reserve, Julia creek, local cycle ways, pedestrian paths and Town Centre.

Between future green reserves to the north, low-density residential housing to the west, and the Town Centre, the new school acts as a new focal point and captures a sense of belonging. This is further amplified once within the school piazza, a central area which creates an atmosphere of security and belonging.

Close collaboration between the Landscape & Architecture studios ensured that the softscape and hardscape created a dialogue with the building forms.

The creation of outdoor learning spaces has provided an extension of the classroom, expanding the opportunity for educational opportunities. This has been achieved through special use gardens including herb and vegetables, bush tucker and sensory gardens, which incorporate raised beds in order to make them readily accessible for wheel chair users.

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior DesignDiscipline
EducationSector
Oran Park, NSWLocation
CompleteStatus
NSW Department of EducationClient
GHD, ADCO ConstructionsCollaborators
$20mBudget
Discipline
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design
Sector
Education
Location
Oran Park, NSW
Status
Complete
Client
NSW Department of Education
Collaborators
GHD, ADCO Constructions
Budget
$20m

Fostering outdoor learning

Andrew Duffin
Director - Design
Andrew Leuchars
Director, Practice Lead - Landscape Architecture
Ewan Saunders
Associate, Education
Hung-Ying Foong Gill
Associate, Interiors
Trevor Eveleigh
Technical Lead
    Andrew Duffin
    Director - Design
    Andrew Leuchars
    Director, Practice Lead - Landscape Architecture
    Ewan Saunders
    Associate, Education
    Hung-Ying Foong Gill
    Associate, Interiors
    Trevor Eveleigh
    Technical Lead

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