The Victorian government has appointed four local architecture firms to design eight new schools around the state.
Kerstin Thompson Architects, McBride Charles Ryan, Thomson Adsett and Law Architects were announced as architects for the various projects, which are part of a push by the government to accommodate 115,000 additional students over the next five years.
McBride Charles Ryan in partnership with Kerstin Thompson Architects will design three of the schools: Clyde North Primary School, Clyde North Secondary College (including a Supported Inclusion Hub, facilitating education for students with disabilities) and Greenvale Secondary College.
Thomson Adsett and Law Architects, meanwhile, will together design Bridge Road (Melton) Primary School, Gisborne South Primary School, Grasslands Primary School, Kalkallo Common Primary School and Wollert East Primary School (including a Supported Inclusion Hub).
Work on design is expected to get underway straight away, with the schools set to open in 2022.
Another five schools are also expected to open that year, with architects already appointed for four of them. The government expects to finalize an announcement on the architect for Bass Coast Junior Secondary College soon.
“Victoria’s population is booming – that’s why we’re building 100 new schools and upgrading many more across the state to meet the needs of our growing communities,” said education minister James Merlino.
“We are ensuring that no matter where you live, every family and every child has a great local school.”