Building Flexibility Underlines New Classroom Construction

Building Flexibility Underlines New Classroom Construction

New South Wales Minister for Education Rob Stokes

New Approach To Classroom Delivery

Victor P Taffa

Construction and design community is being challenged to develop a new high-quality classroom model that can reduce the number of demountable classrooms used in New South Wales government schools.

Education Minister Rob Stokes today announced a call for new designs to develop classrooms that are fast to build, cost effective and meet future learning requirements.

“We’re looking for innovative designs that will deliver high quality classrooms that are great spaces to learn while remaining flexible for a public education system that guarantees a place at your local school.” Minister Stokes said.

“We need to be able to construct permanent buildings which are responsive to demand and growth in student populations.”

An industry briefing will be held next week will encourage creative designs for delivering new types of sustainable and permanent classrooms that meet school and community expectations.

Building type must be flexible enough to be customised for individual schools, including school halls and libraries. They could be delivered in multi-storey, multi-classroom blocks.

New South Wales Government is investing $4.2 Billion to deliver more than 120 new and upgraded schools which will deliver 1,500 extra classrooms over the next 4 years. This is the biggest investment in public education infrastructure in New South Wales history.

New South Wales public schools will require another 7,200 permanent classrooms over the next 15 years as enrolment numbers grow due to a baby boom, a growing New South Wales economy and the high quality of education on offer.