Ramlegh Park Primary School

Ramlegh Park Primary School

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Ramlegh Park Primary School is a new P-6 school designed by DesignInc in collaboration with Brand Architects located in Melbourne’s fast-growing Clyde North area.

The school was conceived as a community heart that is both inviting and engaging, with an emphasis on nature-inspired learning.

Delivered as part of the VSBA’s New Schools 2021 Program, Ramlegh Park Primary School had a non-traditional project planning process.

It was one school in a package of seven that was planned, designed, and delivered in just two years.

The VSBA sought schools that demonstrate exemplary design and quality.

Ramlegh Park Primary School had to meet high standards and aspirational goals while delivering value for money with a sustainable approach.

The school design by DesignInc + Brand Architects aimed to nurture the child in all aspects, from the intellectual and emotional to the physical.

Biophilia is evident in every part of the school environment, not just in formal learning zones but also in the spaces in between and outside.

The design narrative was driven by the aspirations of the brief and the intention to nurture the child in all aspects, from the intellectual to the emotional self.

The planning of the built environment from formal learning zones to the spaces in between was developed to support whole-of-child learning and nurture their emotional self through play, discovery, connection, and engagement with nature.

Biophilic design principles were adopted because of their potential to underpin best-practice education design and deliver the outstanding result that the brief requested.

Drawing these principles through all decision-making provided a clear conceptual basis for the site, the planning, and the buildings.

Working with like-minded landscape designers, the architects incorporated these ideas throughout the outdoor areas and play spaces to create a series of harmoniously interconnected spaces that extend inside and outside the buildings.

Four permanent school buildings are arranged to create courtyards that encourage indoor/outdoor connections within landscaped grounds.

Forming the school’s functional core are two Learning Neighbourhood buildings that offer every child the security of a home base and multiple possibilities for connection and exploration.

Next to the learning neighbourhoods is a resource-intensive learning hub with a library and administration area, enabling cross-curricula connections between science, art, and food technology in collaborative learning spaces.

The Community Hub is a multipurpose facility that can host large events and performances, perfect for sharing with local groups to deliver on the promise of a new community heart for Clyde North.

Project Awards

Ramlegh Park Primary School was named the best New Construction / Entire New Educational Facility by Learning Environments Australasia (LEA), (VIC + TAS chapter) at a virtual awards ceremony held on 21 October 2021.

DesignInc Project Director, Christon Batey-Smith, was thrilled by the news.

He said, ‘It’s so rewarding to be recognised for our team’s hard work and innovation that we put into this project. It’s even more rewarding to know that the students and teachers at Ramlegh Park PS have a fantastic new school with plenty of options to learn and connect with the natural environment, which LEA acknowledged in this award.’

Designed by DesignInc + Brand Architects, the LEA Jury citation said, ‘The design connects to place through the thoughtful integration of landscape and biophilic design principles….Overall the buildings sit successfully in their setting, offering students a strong connection to the natural environment which will continue to strengthen over time.’

Project Details

Project Size – 4,200 m2
Completion Date – 2021

Project Team

Principal Consultant and Architects

DesignInc

DesignInc is an award-winning architecture practice combing a holistic approach to the built environment with expert knowledge in education, health, community, workplace, residential, and urban design.

www.designinc.com.au

Collaboration Partner and Architects

Brand Architects

Brand Architects is a Melbourne-based practice focused on the delivery of innovative, environmentally, and socially responsible architecture.

www.brandarchitects.com.au

Photography

Dianna Snape

Dianna Snape is an Australian architectural photographer based in Melbourne, specializing in interior, landscape, and architectural photography.

www.diannasnape.com

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