A master-planned project including multiple stages all completed on time and budget.
Paynter Dixon has worked with Mount St Benedict College in Sydney’s north for over 15 years, delivering major educational facilities to meet the growing school population.
The projects include one of Sydney’s best school performing arts facilities – the Hildegard Centre for Creative and Performing Arts.
The centre includes a 224- retractable seat multi-purpose performance space, eight peripatetic music practice rooms, dance and drama rooms complete with recording space, an outdoor rooftop area which doubles as pre-event space, and a foyer level outdoor forecourt.
The project was delivered before Christmas 2018 in time for the start of the 2019 academic year.
Other projects included the replacement of the existing single-storey Block D building with a three-storey structure complete with a two-storey high sculpture of St Benedict.
The building was located within a flame zone in a bushfire prone area of Sydney – it was constructed with the highest rating of bushfire protection available with external shutters on fusible links which close for occupant protection in the event of a fire.
The existing courtyard was an uninviting area.
It was converted into a student sanctuary with artificial turf and shelter areas which has proved to be an oasis in the school and a popular gathering place for the students.
The auditorium was expanded to increase seating capacity by 30%.
The new structure includes a ground floor and mezzanine level. The engineering in the building is an exercise in structural gymnastics – an 18-metre slab is supported by a two-metre upturned beam with no columns with very small movement tolerance due to the inclusion of an operable wall.
Redundant music rooms were converted into a vibrant new gymnasium space for the students and relocation of current gymnasium equipment.
The old gymnasium was an undercroft space with little or no natural light and insufficient space to be fit for purpose.
The new gymnasium provides a far more inviting area with ample natural light and additional space for aerobic activities for the students.
As part of the repurposing of the existing spaces, the previous Mount St. Benedict College seniors’ study area has a complete upgrade and expansion.
The new area for the senior students provided a much larger and enhanced facility with a lunchroom and separate study area.