As part of Plenary Education's bid for the South Australian government's new schools Education Works project (Public Private Partnership), Greenway was the lead consultant for three new schools: Regency Park Special School, Playford North B to 7, and the combined Co-ed, Girls only, and Special high school campus at Sports Park.
The design of Regency Park Special School has been based on the integration of learning and care. The overall design intent is to provide a welcoming entrance that is easy for students and carers to transgress, providing the right balance of facilities that meets the students individual care needs whilst providing a stimulating place in which students can learn. Safety and comfort are also key drivers in creating appropriate environments for these students, however the proposed design ensures that an institutional and regimented environment is avoided, replaced with a dynamic, playful and exciting place in which to learn and grow. The design has therefore been developed to ensure that the more technical requirements of the facility have been carefully incorporated into the building structure and envelope, while still enabling maximum flexibility, creativity and student growth to occur within.
The Playford North plan shows a distinct sense of place for each of the schools within the school. Each of the schools is physically defined by the Learning units of the school which create its outdoor learning hub between the buildings, onto which they all open and provide a seamless transition to the outdoors. There is a soft transition between the schools: Early Years to Primary to Middle, all grouped around a central focus comprising the Resource Centre, Canteen and its associated shared Community Space.
The SportsPark Design develops a distinct sense of place for each campus. Within each campus, precinctual schools within schools are created.
Access to common shared facilities is possible direct from the Girls campus and the co-ed campus while retaining independence and physical separation. Each campus has its own front door administration as the entry to the campus. For identity and visual message systems, each of the campuses has its own colour theme which is taken through from the entrance to the campus buildings and the learning units. These are used as colour highlights on neutral toned facades and against the metallic cladding to create rich and colourful urban form. A variety of colours have been used across the three campuses each with its own very distinctive and identifiable character. These range from purple hues for the Girls campus to yellow for the co-ed campus to green for the horticulture focussed Special School campus. Across campus shared facilities are also colour themed to convey shared ownership. Separate place making is developed for each campus with this colour use and the juxtaposition of buildings to form campus specific outdoor hubs. For example the co-ed campus is more open and connected to the public realm whereas the girls' campus is more enclosed and discrete, and the special campus is more separated at the edge of the multi campus site to provide a more calming quieter environment.