In 2017, Redlands College commissioned Wilson Architects to undertake a comprehensive master planning process, to ensure that our built environment resonated with the educational priorities of our College.
The key goal of the master planning process was to articulate the educational and formational facilities required to ensure students within our community participated in a learning journey which inspired curious minds, loving hearts, serving hands and purposeful lives.
This process involved consultation with and feedback from students, parents and staff. At the conclusion of the process, five key functional concepts were identified as priorities. These concepts were designed to ensure Redlands College students engaged with a learning model centred upon a Christian worldview, which is global in its perspective, intentional in its pursuit and relational in its approach.
Our Top 5 Priorities:
An holistic integration of all student support services into one centrally located zone. This includes the College Chaplains, Counsellors, Pathways Advisor, Learning Enrichment, External Consultants, Sick Bay, Student Reception, Responsible Thinking Classroom and Wellbeing staff.
The construction of two purpose built food technology learning classrooms, providing a commercial quality learning environment opening into a practical hospitality space, where students will be able to achieve Certificate qualifications.
The creation of a central heart for our community, embracing both learning and hospitality, where students, staff and parents engage together and learn together. This heart includes a coffee shop, tuckshop and interactive performance and engagement space.
The reimagining of the library to facilitate customised learning pathways, including spaces for engagement between students and staff and spaces for creative development.
The incorporation of staff workspaces into the central learning hub of the College, to facilitate collaboration, student engagement and professional learning.
After two years of planning, these five concepts have been designed to come to fruition through the construction of “College Heart”.
This $11m learning and engagement precinct will develop a supportive, innovative and challenging educational environment where students are able to achieve success in their area of interest and ability.
It will be constructed over two stages, to minimise disruption on student learning and to ensure that all student services continue to operate throughout the construction period.
Commencing in May 2019, the $6.5m Stage 1 will include the demolition of the existing single-storey student administration building and construction of a double-storey College Heart building. Stage 1 will include the Wellbeing Precinct, Hospitality Classrooms, Coffee Shop, Tuck Shop, Staff Professional Learning area and Administration Offices.
It is anticipated that the College will take occupancy of Stage 1 of this project during the first term of the 2020 academic year.
Stage 2 of the project, including customised learning spaces for students, an expansion of the library and completion of the covered College Heart is anticipated to be completed for student use during 2022.
This construction project is a significant investment into the long-term future of Redlands College. The new facilities will ensure students are engaging with exceptional learning environments, to achieve their full potential.