Modular Building Institute

Frankston Heights Primary School

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Fleetwood Building Solutions
Melbourne, VIC
Building Use:
Primary School Building
Gross Size of Project:
1061 Square Meters
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Replacing dilapidated “permanent” facilities, the new education “hub” incorporating general learning areas, library, canteen, reception and administration spaces now provides the school with a sense of address, arrival, and functional learning spaces which support contemporary teaching practices. Consideration of the school master planning allowed the building’s informed design to extend an existing circulation spine through the school, terminating in a protected assembly area created by the negative space generated by the building, this amenity is further enhanced and framed with the generous decking arrangement, creating integrated outdoor learning areas. Vibrant colours celebrate the energy of the school community, reinforcing it’s identity. The building was constructed off site in 27 modules (1061 sqm), which were then separately transported to site and installed incorporating onsite brickwork into the build to create the look and feel of a traditional build.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Future proofing and flexibility are the keystones of the project’s innovation and sustainability outcomes, extending the project’s useful life. Permanency is imparted through the incorporation of detailing to allow seamless integration of offsite prefabrication and hybrid construction techniques including elements of site built brickwork. Other demonstrated measures to meet project sustainability include addressing the client brief for a small replacement canteen facility and then engineering a deliberate design that ensured the facility could effectively facilitate opportunities for home economics classes and events catering. This also demonstrates innovation in the design layout to address these various functions within the one space. The library area has been specifically designed to allow maximum flexibility with the ability to partition off a dedicated general purpose learning area as required without compromising the library areas functionality.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    We took an initial brief for 2 buildings and proposed 1 to increase efficiency and connectivity between students, teaching and administration staff. The ability to deliver a holistic solution that bridged the gap between indoor and outdoor learning and play environments was also a key driver to the success of the project and provided several cost efficiencies, which in itself is a sustainable design approach. The solution meeting more than one brief, i.e.; the canteen can also be used as a home economics and event catering asset (through servicing the assembly area and juxtaposition to gathering areas and learning spaces) and the library’s ability to be partitioned to create effective dual use, library and general learning area mean the project has delivered maximum functionality for minimal cost imposts. Adopting this design approach magnifies the inherent cost-effective outcomes of offsite modular construction.
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