The Annesley Master Plan – Significant Investment in our Growing Community
As you are aware, we have been partnering with Swanbury Penglase to create a Master Plan, to address our need for increased flexible indoor learning spaces for our expanding student population and staff team. We are pleased to announce that we are about to embark on significant capital works at Annesley. The Master Plan process has focused on our site as a whole. The scope of this planning process has centred primarily on the Courtyard at the rear of Gillingham Hall, the buildings and spaces surrounding the Courtyard as well as the significant, locally heritage listed Patchell Building located on Greenhill Rd. Our goal has been to achieve increased flexible, engaging indoor spaces while maximising the surrounding outdoor spaces. Swanbury Penglase are experts in such work, and we have been very impressed with their agility and creativity during this process. As a school that actions the belief that students are capable now, not just in the future, we are impressed with Swanbury Penglase’s engagement of our student design team in this process, allowing students to use their skills, strengths, and passions to feed into this important process.
The in-depth investigation with builders, engineers and designers continues with the Patchell Building as we develop a deeper understanding of this historic building. This important work will continue in the coming weeks and months. We will keep you updated in a timely manner as we receive more information. It is with gratitude and enthusiasm that I share with you that we are about to embark on the implementation of Stage 1 of our Master Plan. This work is significant. We will be creating two new flexible learning spaces, a new ‘breakout space’ for student collaboration, two new music tuition rooms for Primary Years students, along with a new office and meeting space for our Chaplain and Counsellor, Pastor Pete. These new spaces surrounding the Courtyard and incorporating the cloisters at the eastern boundary of Annesley will allow for our ongoing growth in the coming 12-24 months. Stage 1 of the Master Plan is currently with the City of Unley, we will then seek a construction company through a tender process facilitated by Swanbury Penglase, with building works to commence as soon as possible. We are pleased to share some of the concept designs with you.
Annesley is in a strong position, committed to what is best for children. We continue to significantly invest in our people, resources, and physical spaces as we implement our vision to develop skills, strengths, and passions to create belonging and impact.