The vision of the Murray Bridge Educational Precinct will be to create a flexible and dynamic centre for educational excellence, delivering strategic learning pathways and outcomes for students and the community from Murray Bridge and its wider neighbouring surrounds.
The design concept uses a new axis (or pedestrian link) from the river to the Precinct's Learning Mall, to provide a strong identity for the precinct and to act as the glue to hold the Precinct together. The axis runs from the existing DECD building and links into the new entry for the Precinct in the refurbished TAFE Building. It is envisioned that in future the axis could even continue as far northwards to create direct links with any future possible development along the frontage of the River Murray.
The architectural aesthetic of the new Murray Bridge Education Precinct will be a contemporary one, with many different building elements to break-down the mass of the buildings to a human scale. A common architectural language and a material palette of timber screens, off form concrete, folded sheet metal, steel, glass, and "green" (vegetated) walls link the Precinct buildings together, while providing distinct character and identity for each of the elements, and reserving the biggest visual impact for the Precinct's key entry points and focal points.
Existing buildings will be modernized both internally and externally to improve their appearances, and also to improve their energy efficiency, flexibility and functionality. New facilities will be designed to engage with their natural and built environments, to provide transparent ‘skins' whereby the internal functions of the buildings can engage both physically and visually with the external environment within which they sit.