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Primary School Upgrade - In Progress

Mooroolbark, Victoria

2021 - Current

MCA are working with the Victorian School Building Authority and Manchester Primary School to design and deliver a classroom block upgrade.

The school is located in Mooroolbark on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country.


Our services comprised an Asset Management Plan (Phase 2) and Stage 1 design, documentation, and construction phase services.

The master plan aims to create a more central school ‘heart’ with buildings opening into this area, reorienting buildings for better solar access and creating a face for the school with a formalised entry. Stage 1 comprises a new classroom block with a shared STEM and art room and a new administration and school entry adjacent to the existing pick up and drop off zone and car park. The new entry frames the courtyard beyond and guides visitors into the heart of the school.

Building conscientiously using passive design principles has been key to this project. Orienting the building north, managing solar gain from glazing on the east and west, introducing deep eaves, selective material choice and operable openings mean the building will have low operating costs and manage the internal temperature year round. New materials introduced into the project include carbon absorbing paint, natural marmoleum flooring and carpet made from recycled plastic bottles. Electrical capacity and roof design will ensure solar panels can be provided in future.

Builder: Cobolt Construction

Landscape Design: Urbis

In progress Photography: MCA

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