Client name: St Columba Anglican School 

Duration: April 2019 - September 2020

Location: Port Macquarie, New South Wales 

Total project value: 3M AUD

Services provided: Project Management 

Located on the mid north coast of New South Wales, St. Columba Anglican School’s new Sustainability and Environmental Centre sets a new standard in environmentally sustainable building practices.

The Centre’s development presented an opportunity to employ a range of energy efficient designs to provide a healthy and regenerative place for learning and play.

The project involved the construction of a two-storey building containing four large classrooms, offices, storages areas and a covered breakout spaces. External works included refurbishing the existing amphitheatre to align with the new Centre’s sustainable design.

Key aspects of the Sustainability and Environmental Centre include:

  • Eco-friendly designs that take advantage of the environment to maximise views, sun-shading and natural ventilation

  • Expansive, flexible teaching areas that connect the outdoors with indoor learning spaces

  • A display that reflects the buildings real time energy consumption vs the energy being generated by the solar panels

  • Light sensitivity-controlled energy efficient LED lighting and mix-mode air-conditioning

The success of this project, is due in no small part to the inspirational and aspirational leadership shown by St Columba Anglican School and their faith in a strong team of consultants which was led by Coffey and included DRA architects, Clarence Consultants, Northrop and Lahey Construction.

Images courtesy of Iron and Clay Photography.