Bourke Street Public School

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Sydney

Sometimes it’s the little touches that can spark big ideas.

Providing a dynamic, customisable and engaging learning environment helps ensure students from all walks of life are inspired to achieve their best. Reimagining a heritage-classified school to accommodate a growing student population in ways that invigorate and excite both the student and teaching population demands deep, connected thinking and a curiosity for understanding.

The Group
Client: Department of Education, School Infrastructure NSW
Studios: Sydney, Australia
Key Facts:
  • 18 home bases
  • Heritage Building
  • 1510sqm
  • New Building 2315
  • 440 children
The Team:

Bourke Street Public School (BSPS) is an inner-city school established in 1880, housed in heritage classified buildings. The school caters for the needs of children from a diverse, multicultural community and provides quality education in a safe and happy school environment. BSPS is a fast-growing school with increasing enrolments. We prepared alternative concept design options following the completion of an Educational Principles study with New Learning Environments. These were endorsed by the DEC Project Steering Committee in the preparation of alternative design concepts for the proposed accommodation.

The preferred option is on two levels with the new home bases located on the second level above the hall and library. Our concept conserves valuable site area for open outdoor activities and possible future development. The new home bases contribute a positive focus to the learning environment and are very flexible, allowing customisation to suit a range of learning styles and teaching methods. The Hall and adjoining COLA provide a hub for the whole school community and the new ‘community entrance’ provides a direct connection to the COLA and kitchen facilities. The graphics team added elements across the site to engage and encourage interaction, augmenting the learning experience in small but joyful ways.

“Group GSA architects had a professional, welcoming and shared approach throughout this project."

“The Group demonstrated effective communication not only to the PRG team but also effectively to the whole school community. Group GSA are willing to listen to new ideas, different perspectives and open to accommodating requests wherever possible. I would recommend this Qroup for future projects with the Dept. of Education.”

Peter Johnston, Principal

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