2020 Victorian School Design Awards:
WINNER – Best New Secondary College
2020 Victorian Chapter Learning Environments Australasia Annual Awards:
WINNER – New Construction / Entire New Education Facility
2018 Victorian School Design Awards:
FINALIST – Building over $5M
Springside West Secondary College is a new educational facility on Melbourne’s western urban fringe boundary. It is the heart of the new suburb Fraser Rise alongside the City of Melton City Vista Sports and Community Precinct. It will be a place that strives for academic excellence while catering for all needs via the integrated satellite specialist learning spaces.
A STEAM centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as well as elongated Learning Community was completed as part of the Stage 1 constructions in January 2018. An Administration and Resource Centre, Performing Arts Centre, Sports Hall and two Learning Communities were delivered as part of the Stage 2 works in the following year.
Learning spaces are strategically collocated to enable peer to peer learning and a cross pollination of ideas. Many of the learning spaces open onto one another through large openings or are enhanced via adjacent presentation, group, or discussion areas. Wherever possible, outdoor learning areas are provided directly adjacent general learning areas.
The building features a mixture of brickwork and light weight cladding materials to create a unique identity. The school colours illuminate the interior and help reinforce the identity of the new community.
The covered way provides a central axis which continues through to the Sports and Community precinct. The landscape is populated with large platform seats and shaded grassy areas which encourage students to sit and study together.