A former Foodstuffs distribution centre on Lydia Road — the biggest of its variety within the South Island when it was constructed — was acquired by the Catholic Diocese and the idea of inserting the brand new faculty inside the 17,000m2 construction was explored.
A feasibility examine carried out by consultants WSP concluded the concept was doable and the college engaged Christchurch-based apply Sheppard & Rout as mission architects.
Affiliate director Jonathan Kennedy says the “courageous idea” introduced quite a lot of challenges, together with bringing sufficient mild and a way of the outside into what was basically an inner atmosphere and the right way to place two-storey classroom blocks inside the present construction and foundations with minimal disturbance.
“The roof was eliminated off one bay to type a walled backyard, bringing mild, air and greenery into the center of the college,” explains Kennedy, “and new translucent polycarbonate roofing strips and wall cladding convey a smooth, subtle pure mild contained in the house.”
The immense cover shelters the college beneath from the weather, offering a protected, targeted atmosphere, and the brand new constructions inside are constructed from prefabricated timber parts; this reduces the load on new and present foundations. Timber glulam, LVL, Potius flooring and roofing and Strandboard lining additionally sequester considerably extra carbon than would a extra customary construct of concrete and metal.
“Reusing the prevailing warehouse makes this a extremely sustainable mission. It turns into a studying instrument in itself for all of the pupils passing by in these climate-change-conscious instances,” Kennedy factors out.
The college’s chapel is positioned on the doorway axis, with different faculty services, together with a beneficiant, coated courtyard with broad stairs for college gatherings, wrapping round it. Coated netball courts are additionally included: “a luxurious enabled by the warehouse roof,” says Kennedy.
The campus is because of open in time for the beginning of the college yr in 2024; Kennedy says that this distinctive, extremely sustainable studying atmosphere highlights what is feasible with artistic pondering, an open-minded consumer and a real dedication to mitigating local weather change.
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