Arden invests in exciting new educational facility
Arden is planning an exciting redevelopment of its Epping campus, that will provide exceptional facilities and expanded learning opportunities for its students. Principal, Mr Graham Anderson shared, “As part of Arden’s 2020 Vision, the School is investing in the best facilities possible for current and future generations of Arden learners.”
Arden has submitted a Development Application for the new Epping Campus building to Parramatta Council and will make further details available when it reaches consultation stage. The development is due for completion in 2020. The construction stages will involve reworking the existing Oxford Street building, constructing the new Essex Street building and reworking the existing Essex Street building. During construction, Arden has secured additional overflow space at Cambridge Business Park to minimise the effects on students. Arden has appointed one of Sydney’s top school architects, Stanton Dahl Architects, to partner with the School in realising its vision.
Educational outcomes the new build will achieve:
- To create learning spaces to promote 21st Century learning, including collaboration and creativity so that students are prepared in the best possible way for their futures beyond Arden
- To deliver completely redesigned Science and TAS areas, to facilitate cross-curricular opportunities such as STEM
- To offer smaller class sizes in core subjects
- To deliver further improvement in subject selection for students when they reach Stages 5 and 6
- Increased diversity in year groups will allow for more friendship group options through the introduction of the fourth stream in 2017 (Arden has increased its Year 7 intake to a 4th stream, resulting in a Year 7 grade size of approximately 96 students from 2017 onwards)
- Adding greater depth to year groups without going over size will improve co-curricular, sport and music participation
- More specialised areas for departments with classrooms that can facilitate enhanced learning within individual disciplines
- Numerous benefits to Middle and Senior School students from a combined campus.
Key features of the redevelopment include:
- Reworking the two existing buildings – Oxford Street and Essex Street – and the addition of a new building in Essex Street
- Specialised learning facilities will include: PDHPE, flexible performance space and learning spaces, Library, Music, Science Rooftop. Additionally, the student services, executive, computers, Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) space will all be housed on one level
- A whole of school community space which is deliberately multi-use and able to be used as a flexible performance space
- Additional recreation spaces – especially important at this time of great development in our area. Spaces will include tennis courts, grassy areas, atrium area and a rooftop garden where students can relax or study
- Design of project will strive to open up access and light to all the buildings, creating a pleasant and more natural learning environment
- New basement carpark underneath the current tennis courts will provide 30 car parking spaces
- New frontage on Essex Street.