Springbank Secondary College | Thomson Rossi

Springbank Secondary College | Thomson Rossi | Photographer: David Sievers

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Springbank Secondary College | Thomson Rossi

Traditional Land Owners

South Australia

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Educational Architecture
Cook Building
David Sievers
Project summary

The challenge at Springbank Secondary College was to create an environment with no barriers to learning for a culturally, physically, and neurodiverse community without the slightest perception of discrimination. The new environment needed to be beautiful, practical, serviceable, elegant and welcoming, as well as catering for unique needs in a discrete way, allowing everyone to enjoy a contemporary, state of the art learning facility that delivers a high-end curriculum.

Internally, in order to achieve these spaces, the design explored the integration of circulation space into the Learning Areas, eliminating corridors and allowing a range of different breakout and retreat spaces to be created; providing significant flexibility and opportunity for inclusion across the whole campus.

Externally, a sculptural COLA announces the school’s presence as a promenade leading to the Basketball Stadium, strategically located adjacent the Tower Arts Centre, allowing an extension of performance activities to an outdoor venue.

Springbank Secondary College is committed to providing fully inclusive and engaging environments that support high quality differentiated teaching that supports individual learner achievement and meet the needs of a diverse school community. The design of the Springbank refurbishment turned tired, bland, box-like classrooms into flexible, calm, light filled learning spaces that allow personalised inclusive learning and teaching to occur effectively. Quiet, open indoor and outdoor learning areas exist now where teachers can implement pedagogies that enable achievement for every learner, and learners engage in spaces that considers their individual needs. Implementing inclusive pedagogical theory is now a reality at Springbank.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Clement Ao, Structural Engineer
Colin Hill, Civil Consultant
Colin Morgan, Cost Consultant
Dushan Popovic, Services Consultant
Ehsan Dezvarei, Services Consultant
Gavin Hall, Electrical Consultant
Greg Barry, Acoustic Consultant
Maria Lahiff, Cost Consultant
Nicholas Henry, Hydraulic Consultant
Sam Dalle-Nogare, Structural Engineer
Stephen Hansen, Construction Manager

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