Client: Catholic Education Office
AMC have enjoyed a long association with Sacred Heart Primary School (SHPS) in Pearce. Located in the upper echelons of the suburb, the school benefits from a lovely outlook to Mt Taylor and an excellent northern solar aspect. At the same time the site is very steeply sloping any new works needed to use the limited areas of level site to avoid significant complication and expense. AMC were initially engaged in 2003 to resign refurbish existing classrooms. As a result of the challenges associated with achieving an improved solution within the constraints of the existing building footprint, AMC suggested that a masterplan study be undertaken to develop provide a framework for future development in the short, medium and longer term. This approach was well received and through a through options analysis, of a number a preferred redevelopment masterplan was established. This informed a successful Block Grant application for an initial works package which included the establishment of a new more prominent entry to the school, new administration areas and refurbished classrooms. The masterplan proved invaluable when the BER Program was announced in 2009. and the school was able to quickly identify their preferred requirements and develop concept designs, which allowed SHPS Pearce to be one, if not the first schools, to commence works in the first round of BER funding. These works included a new auditorium adjacent to the new front entry to the school, the redesign and extension of the existing car park to create safer drop-off / pick up arrangement, the adaptive reuse of the existing gymnasium into a library, the refurbishment of the existing library into a new classroom and new outdoor netball court.