Pendle Hill High School Upgrade
Schools Infrastructure NSW
Alan J Duffy
“It was a pleasure working with Architectus on the Pendle Hill High School project. They were professional, proactive and approachable at all times, in the face of some challenging timeframes for delivery.”
– Nick Jago, Project Director SINSW
The revitalised Pendle Hill High School will be a connected, multi-disciplinary and contemporary learning environment that is adaptive and flexible. Architectus’ master plan recognises Pendle Hill High School’s original architecture and respectfully retains and expands upon Michael Dysart’s 1960s “doughnut plan”.
Internal courtyards – an important feature in the existing school’s architecture – are further emphasised and reconsidered as learning environments beneath a unifying roof structure for the proposed new buildings, forming a central landscaped courtyard.
Building on the importance of student health and wellbeing, the proposed design incorporates biophilic and passive design principles including natural ventilation, daylight control, thermal mass and integrated landscape solutions. Architectus has conceived new spaces for gathering, learning and inclusivity that is evident by the connecting central courtyard, rich with green landscape and natural light.
The Stage 1 proposal will provide a new presence for the school within the local community and create a new ceremonial entry created by gateway buildings leading towards the heart of the existing school.