Embracing a dynamic and flexible learning environment, the recently completed Westfields Sports High School infuses contemporary school design philosophy while encompassing a variety of programs which includes wood and metal workshops, as well as science, technology, general and shared learning spaces. It also accommodates seminar rooms, a staff lounge, staff study rooms and a large multipurpose hall.
These spaces can be categorised into two primary types – the noisy and the quiet. It is this dichotomy that formed the architectural framework of producing both acoustic and visual separation between these two distinctive spaces.
The project includes completion of the design in accordance with the Department of Education requirements and construction of a new three storey building that provides 23 new teaching spaces accommodating up to 460 students.
The NSW Department of Education project has been delivered in a challenging location, well inside an operational school, and surrounded by operational and occupied areas. Complex staging of works within the existing facilities of the school had been carefully planned with active stakeholder engagement to ensure harmony was maintained between the School and construction site.
Products were required on site within stringent time frames and installation efficiency and simplicity was a high priority.
All products were required to conform to the EFSG (Education Facilities Standards and Guidelines) and be compliant to the current NATSPEC (National Building Specification).
On top of this, the builder required a cost-effective solution that fitted within their budget.
Panelcorp partnered with the builder, installer and architect to provide the best possible solution to these challenges. CeramaPANEL was chosen in three different colours and installed using colour coded security fixings.
Panelcorp supplied the complete systems including our proprietary top hat system, back flashing and accessories, meaning less suppliers involved and a compliant system that was the best selection based on the EFSG.
The CeramaPANEL façade boards are screw fixed, ensuring a faster and more cost-effective solution to rivets.
Panelcorp worked closely with the project team to ensure accurate detailed drawings, material optimisation, waterproofing and flashing details. With regular site visits Panelcorp supported the installer throughout the entire project to provide an excellent finish, on time and in budget.