In April 2014 the Victorian State Government purchased land for a new primary school at 129 Ferrars St, South Melbourne.
The Ferrars Street site forms part of a broader urban renewal precinct, the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA), which could eventually provide housing for up to 80,000 people and employment of up to 40,000 people in a mixed use higher-density setting. The site is currently serviced by the adjacent Route 96 tram stop.
The constrained nature of the site, combined with FBURA development plans, offers a unique opportunity for the delivery of an integrated, co-located and vertical school design.
A planning committee, led by the Department, has been established for the project, and includes members from the City of Port Phillip, Melbourne Planning Authority, the Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure and Department of Health.
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Ground floor map
Ferrars Street overview
Ferrars site cross-section
The Victorian Government provided $5 million for initial scoping, planning and preparation, and architectural planning and site preparation for the new vertical primary school is already underway.
The architects for the project are Hayball Architects and their plans for the school are designed to maximize space, and include world best practice co-location of educational and community facilities.
The plans for the site also include a potential community hub within the building to provide community services to help support the growing population of South Melbourne. The City of Port Phillip will undertake detailed service planning for these services, in addition to precinct planning of the surrounding area.
In September 2015, a planning study for Ferrars St was produced by Hayball:
As part of the preliminary planning work, the Department has consulted with experts and commissioned an independent Safety Management Study. We now have a thorough and comprehensive Safety Management Plan in place to manage any risks and ensure the smooth delivery of the project.
The next step is site preparation. Between March and June 2016, we will be undertaking extensive site remediation works to prepare for the second stage: construction. Future investment will fund the construction.
The school is due to open at the beginning of 2018, accommodating over 525 students.