01 / 11

South Melbourne Primary School Ferrars Street, South Melbourne

Rising to a height of six storeys will be Victoria’s first vertical school, whose key innovation is the unprecedented integration of shared school and community facilities. As well as a government primary school for 525 students, the project includes an early learning centre, maternal and child health centre, multi-purpose community rooms and indoor and outdoor multi-purpose sports courts.

Hayball is also working with the City of Port Phillip to deliver streetscape  and public realm works for the Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct. This is a catalyst project integrated with the school design to deliver community infrastructure and improve accessibility and connectivity – including pedestrian, cyclist and public transport access –  which is vital for the successful operation of the school.

On a compact inner urban site of 5000m2, the school will be located in the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area which is growing by 3000 residents per year. The project demonstrates forward planning of community infrastructure by local and state governments, with the shared facilities forming a mutually supporting complex of excellent and wide ranging services for an emerging local community in one of Australia’s largest urban renewal areas.