New schools create colourful community hubs
Victoria’s fastest growing metropolitan and regional communities have welcomed 15 high priority new schools as part of the $291 million New Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project.
Project designers Clarke Hopkins Clarke reflect the individuality of each school in the buildings’ designs while meeting ESD requirements and reducing costs.
Two schools from the collective have been awarded for their excellence in sustainable design.
James Hardie’s ExoTec™ façade panel and fixing system were utilised to create a vibrant and distinct look for each school while tying them together as a cohesive collective.
The adaptable, durable material gave builders the ability to control the placement of panels to create patterning and break up facades to create visual interest in a variety of bright colours to stimulate young minds and bring the schools together visually.
Meeting the needs of communities based across Victoria’s metropolitan and regional areas was a significant undertaking but with ExoTec cladding being a prefabricated product that can be painted off site it proved to be the perfect choice to execute a unique visual brief while meeting safety and sustainability requirements.