Articles Wurun Senior Campus wins at Learning Environments Australasia Awards

Wurun Senior Campus → has won the 2022 New Educational Campus award and been honoured with a Special Commendation at the 2022 Learning Environments Australasia (LEA) Victorian/Tasmanian Chapter Awards recently.

The LEA Awards seek to bridge ‘…the interplay between teaching and learning methodology and space by identifying examples of good educational spaces where innovative architectural ideas successfully support an educational philosophy.’

Designed by GHDWoodhead and Grimshaw, Wurun Senior Campus is a new, highly sustainable, vertical campus that brings together students from two existing government schools - Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School - to expand the choice of subjects and better meet the needs of the senior students.

Wurun Senior Campus in inner-city Melbourne is an exemplar projects from aspirations through to planning and delivery. It sets a new benchmark for public secondary education facilities and a new model for vertical schools in tight urban sites that integrate outdoor learning and recreation spaces throughout.

Judge’s citation, New Educational Campus Award, Learning Environments Australasia Victorian/Tasmanian Chapter Awards, 2022

With capacity to accommodate 650 students. Wurun Senior Campus has been designed as a modern learning environment to facilitate different learning programs within an interdisciplinary model of learning and teaching that suits individual learning styles and offers a high degree of flexibility.

To achieve this, the design team focused on creating a tertiary-level education experience, enabling a self-directed and project-based approach to learning, and departs from traditional timetable models. This was the key strategy for supporting the schools’ ambition to help students build the ‘21st Century skills’ needed to be adaptable, innovative, and ready to navigate their future beyond high school certificates. 

“Our senior program aims to offer more choice, to build the 21st century skills needed, to be adaptable and innovative, ready to navigate their future beyond high school certificates… Wurun Senior Campus has been custom designed and built to help us facilitate this.”

Linda Mitchell, Fitzroy High School Principal, and Sam Luck, Collingwood College Principal

Constructed as part of the regeneration of the historic Fitzroy Gasworks precinct in Melbourne’s inner north, the Wurun Senior Campus folds around a prominent corner site so that it may integrate with the precinct’s future sports complex. The design takes advantage of this positioning, with the building form stepping up along its length to create a series of landscaped outdoor terraces and an abundance of outdoor space.

In being designed to equip students with 21st century skills, each level provides specialist settings for performing arts, art and design, technology, science, food, resources centre and sports. Connections between these specialist precincts and the general learning hubs blur the traditional boundaries between subjects and encourage interdisciplinary learning.

"You can really tell that the design was created for senior students because there’s so many areas for free sessions, for individual study, places where it makes it easier to work or you can really focus and get work done. I think especially for Year 12 it helps reinforce there’s a goal at the end and that you’re working towards something."

Year 12 student, Wurun Senior Campus

"It's been fantastic working with the design team over the past few years. We are so excited to be working in the building and have had wonderfully positive feedback from the teaching and admin staff. Students really love being at the campus"

Chris Millard, Wurun Senior Campus Principal