South Melbourne Primary School and Integrated Community Facilities



South Melbourne Primary School is the first government vertical school in the state of Victoria, Australia. Opened to coincide with the start of the school year in January 2018, it is an exemplar of contemporary twenty-first century education design, developed within a context of inner-urban regeneration. Located within the Fisherman's Bend Urban Renewal Area and a short walk from the city of Melbourne, the entire precinct is undergoing a rapid transformation from its heavily industrial past into a densely populated smart city.

SMPS integrates schooling for 525 Primary School students (aged 5 to 12) with pre-school, child health services, multi-use community spaces, multi-purpose sports courts and public domain/open spaces supporting a healthy and engaged local community. 

This is a transformative project that embraces opportunities for enhancing the learning life of the community through shared-use facilities, cooperative management, governance, and working in partnership to develop education programs and community ventures.

The main features of the project include:
•Presenting the School as a community hub to support an emerging community as part of urban renewal and precinct regeneration;
•Offering an integrated, shared-use model between the school and community facilities that provides a truly holistic approach to learning and wellbeing;
•Vertical integration and distribution of contemporary learning and external play spaces;
•A sustainable, energy efficient building deployed as a 3rd teacher.

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