Schools at Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct (SMEEP) | Woods Bagot

Schools at Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct (SMEEP) | Woods Bagot | Photographer: Trevor Mein

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Schools at Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct (SMEEP) | Woods Bagot

Traditional Land Owners
Wallumattagal
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Educational Architecture
Builder
Roberts Co
Photographer
Roberts Co
Trevor Mein
Woods Bagot
Project summary

Schools at Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct (SMEEP) is a new state government school for 2,600 students from ages 5-18, with integrated but separate primary and high schools. The school is part of the New South Wales Government urban schools programme, providing high density multi-level buildings in inner city locations.

Many of the existing trees on the site predated the western colonisation of Australia and all have been retained to amplify connections to nature. Within these trees, the building programme has been organised into two twin five storey bars, which frame the central hill of libraries.

The four-level library, which also houses an auditorium, study spaces and a commuter room, connects the two wings, with a series of landscaped terraces cascading down the centre of the facility towards the surrounding gardens. This design allows for natural ventilation and for every level of the building to have direct access to nature.

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Educational Architecture
New South Wales Jury Presentation

Schools at Meadowbank represented an opportunity to create a learning environment that is future focused, innovative and functional. The school buildings accommodate more than 2,500 primary and secondary students from the relocated Meadowbank Public School and Marsden High School on a natural undulating site.

In collaboration with School Infrastructure NSW, Woods Bagot delivered a building that supports lifelong learning, using standardised design and modern methods of construction to support changing pedagogy. The twin 7-storey facilities nestle within the retained existing trees, creating a connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces and the built form and the natural site environment.

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