Pendle Hill High School
New learning centre
School Infrastructure NSW
Pendle Hill, NSW
The new Pendle Hill High School project is a sensitive addition to a site with a rich architectural history. The new building pays homage to the planning and design of its surrounding buildings and provides contemporary and flexible facilities for its staff and students.
Fulton Trotter Architects were engaged by School Infrastructure NSW to complete the design and documentation based on a design and master plan concept developed by Architectus. The secondary school established in 1965 is located in the growing suburb of Pendle Hill in Sydney’s west. The existing buildings were designed by Michael Dysart and the Government Architect’s office.
The project delivers new administration, staff, library and teaching spaces across two separate wings on either side of a landscaped courtyard. The planning arrangement is a reinterpretation of the ‘doughnut’-style plan of the existing buildings on site which was prevalent in the 1960s when they were de-signed. The new courtyard is an open-ended space that allows for pedestrian connectivity from the street entry, through the new building and into the existing heart of the school.
In reference to the progressive mid-century style of the existing buildings, the current stage, while larger in scale, features precast concrete panels and light-coloured masonry.
Photographer: © Mike Chorley