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Richmond High School Richmond, Melbourne

In dense, inner urban suburbs such as Richmond, it’s becoming increasingly critical that new schools offer as much as possible to the students and also to the local community. Commissioned to deliver a new school for 650 students in years 7-12, our investigations have included the sharing of facilities between school and the local community, to avoid unnecessary replication and optimise cross-cultural learning opportunities.

Two precincts are being developed on nearby sites, one academic and the other sports. The masterplan also incorporates the local council’s proposal for a ‘town square’ link while managing its impact on the school site.

Functioning as the heart of the campus, the academic precinct will be built over 4 levels. State of the art learning spaces will be flexible to promote a range of activities and experiences. The sports precinct will provide four new competition-standard netball courts, one of which is internal with showers and toilets, a canteen and administration area. A ground level Performing Arts space will be available for community use outside school hours, and the nearby Richmond Recreation Centre with pool and a gym will be used by the school. Students will also use a food technology facility at the neighbouring Lynall Hall Community School.