Port Melbourne Secondary College

A visually striking, innovative vertical school for 1100 pupils that also serves as the first piece of public infrastructure for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Project.

BLP is designing this exceptional campus for the City of Port Phillip. The secondary college will be the focal point of the area’s new public infrastructure investment, which will connect various community buildings as part of a bigger public infrastructure puzzle, which will include the University of Melbourne Fishermans Bend Campus.

The new school will occupy a high-profile site on the key corner location fronting the proposed Plummer Street Boulevard, overlooking JL Murphy Reserve within the Fishermans Bend Framework, the largest Urban Renewal Project in Australia.

The vertical campus will maximise the opportunities of this brownfield urban infill site by creating urban design links with the surrounding area and incorporating high-quality placemaking and site-responsive design.

Designed in consultation with the local community, the state-of-the-art school will emphasis student and staff health and wellbeing.

Port Melbourne Secondary College carefully orchestrates a balance between civic presence, student and staff wellbeing and community aspirations, creating a seminal social infrastructure that enables the start of the Urban Renewal project for the area. – Ariel Lopez, Principal & Education Sector Leader

From day one the design of this intricate building was to develop a ground floor that proactively engages with the current and future local community. It is designed with four sections that are independent of each other, so they can be accessed independently from the school. An array of arts, food technology, sports and learning resource centre spaces are available to be shared with the community.

The community’s vision for Port Melbourne Secondary College is now becoming a reality and students will soon get to attend a modern, innovative and important local school. – Martin Foley, Minister for Equality, Health, and Ambulance Service

The state-of-the-art school will emphasise student and staff health and wellbeing, housing outdoor terraces to all learning spaces, solar panels, food production gardens, natural ventilation, sustainable material selection, dynamic facade design to maintain thermal comfort without compromising natural light, and extensive bicycle facilities for students and staff.

The school will also have a strong focus on STEAM and will feature high-tech amenities, including a fabrication lab and robotics workshop, creating pathways that are synergic with the recently announced University of Melbourne Faculties of Engineering and Architecture

Completion due early 2022.

Location – 477 Graham St, Port Melbourne
Client – Victorian School Building Authority
Size – 10,700 m2
Completion – 2022

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Port Melbourne Secondary CollegeAdelaide Bell