Bellevue State School - BER

Location: Yamanto, Australia 
Client: Department of Education and Training / National Buildplan Group
Status: Completed 2010

The construction of a new Sports Hall at Woodridge State School was conceived as part of the Building the Education Revolution program, with the densely populated site seeking to enhance much of its dated infrastructure with a new addition that would offer students for the first time covered space suitable for Physical Education. The project was affected by site constraints, stakeholder approval and increased infrastructure and services impacts. This severely affected the ability for JCA working directly for the Contractor to deliver a design focused outcome. Rather the project sought to achieve a value for money outcome that met budget and functional objectives. Although not outwardly sophisticated in its design, the project reflects the ability of JCA to work within the means of a brief and budget to rapidly deliver a high quality, value for money outcome. The buildings form, materials and colour scheme were a derivative of the architectural aesthetic established by recent buildings on site and a direct reflection of stakeholder consultation.One of the key design features encouraged by JCA during the consultation process sought to give the building a sense of openness and connectivity to the outside. Breezeways were incorporated into the ancillary zones allowing the useable space to extend beyond the boundaries of the ‘walls’. This was further realised through the use of roller shutters within the main court space that open directly onto the school sport fields.