Australian education projects shine at regional awards

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The Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences by ClarkeHopkinsClarke won Education Initiative/Design Solution for an Innovative Program & Overall Winner for the Australasian Region.

The Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences by ClarkeHopkinsClarke won Education Initiative/Design Solution for an Innovative Program & Overall Winner for the Australasian Region. Image: Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

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The 1400-square-metre facility by ClarkeHopkinsClarke was designed to accommodate year 11 and 12 students with an interest in science and mathematics.

The 1400-square-metre facility by ClarkeHopkinsClarke was designed to accommodate year 11 and 12 students with an interest in science and mathematics. Image: Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

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The Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences by ClarkeHopkinsClarke features a pilot geothermal energy system that reduces the building's running costs by around 95 percent.

The Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences by ClarkeHopkinsClarke features a pilot geothermal energy system that reduces the building’s running costs by around 95 percent. Image: Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

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FROEBEL Learning Centre by Steffen Welsch Architects in North Fitzroy, Melbourne, converted an old school building into a bi-lingual early child care centre.

FROEBEL Learning Centre by Steffen Welsch Architects in North Fitzroy, Melbourne, converted an old school building into a bi-lingual early child care centre. Image: Courtesy of Steffen Welsch Architects

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FROEBEL Learning Centre by Steffen Welsch Architects won an award for Renovation/Modernisation Over $2 Million in the 2015 CEFPI Awards.

FROEBEL Learning Centre by Steffen Welsch Architects won an award for Renovation/Modernisation Over $2 Million in the 2015 CEFPI Awards. Image: Courtesy of Steffen Welsch Architects

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Noosa Flexible Learning Centre by Fulton Trotter Architects won the award for New Construction, Entire New School in the 2015 CEFPI Awards.

Noosa Flexible Learning Centre by Fulton Trotter Architects won the award for New Construction, Entire New School in the 2015 CEFPI Awards. Image: Courtesy Fulton Trotter Architects

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Noosa Flexible Learning Centre by Fulton Trotter Architects was designed to provide an alternative learning environment for disengaged students.

Noosa Flexible Learning Centre by Fulton Trotter Architects was designed to provide an alternative learning environment for disengaged students. Image: Courtesy Fulton Trotter Architects

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A number of innovative designs for Australian educational facilities have been successful at the 2015 Council of Educational Facility Planners Australasia (CEFPI) Awards, with projects such as a bi-lingual early learning centre in Melbourne and an alternative school in Noosa recognised.

Melbourne-based practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke stood out, winning three awards for two projects.

The Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences by the practice won the award for Education Initiative/Design Solution for an Innovative Program as well as the Overall Winner for the Australasian Region. The Melbourne school cost over $6 million to build, and opened in March 2014.

The school is a branch of University High School that is designed to cater for year 11 and 12 students who have a strong interest in science and mathematics.

A government grant supported the inclusion of a pilot project to maintain the air temperature in the building using a geothermal energy system, which is estimated to have saved the building’s running costs by 96 percent.

The Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences by ClarkeHopkinsClarke features a pilot geothermal energy system that reduces the building’s running costs by around 95 percent. Image:  Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

The Peoples Choice Award was won by TERROIR Architects for their project that transformed two 1960s buildings at a Sydney school.

The Emerging Chapter Award Winner was New Zealand practice Athfield Architectus for its $63 million campus hub and library upgrade at Victoria University in Wellington.

The Council of Educational Facility Planners Australasia is a professional association that aims to improve learning environments.

Full list of winners:

Emerging Chapter Award Winner: Victoria University of Wellington, Campus Hub and Library Upgrade by Athfield Architectus

Overall Winner for the Australasian Region: The Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences, The University High School by ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

Winner of the 2015 CEFPI Australasia Peoples Choice Award: Claremont College by TERROIR Architects

Category 1: New Construction, Entire New School

WINNER: Noosa Flexible Learning Centre – Fulton Trotter Architects

Category 2: New Construction, Major Facility

WINNER: Brighton Grammar Middle School –ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects.

Category 3: Renovation/Modernisation Over $2 Million

WINNER: FROEBEL Learning Centre – Steffen Welsch Architects.

Category 5:  Education Initiative/Design Solution For an Innovative Program

WINNER: Elizabeth Blackburn School of Science,  The University High School – ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects.

Category 6:  Educational Landscape/Outdoor Learning Area

WINNER: Horsham Special School - Sensory Courtyard  – Kneeler Design Architects and Jeavons Landscape Architects.


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