Commissioned to deliver a new school for 650 students in years 7-12, an upgrade to Richmond’s dense suburb completed in 2019 sees new opportunity for young families to further expand their growing households. “We’re building local schools right in the heart of Melbourne’s inner suburbs to meet the growing demand.” – James Merlino, Minister for Education.
The academic precinct has been built over 4 levels. The Richmond High School project provided upgrades to facilities such as science technology, environment and maths and agricultural education. These facilities are now supporting a new agricultural speciality and academic selective streams which allows many students the opportunity to excel in areas they are passionate about.
Lighting that was discreetly integrated into the architecture: Australian Made ADL150 fittings
Learning spaces were complimented with our ADL150 Surface and rod suspended fittings. A standout look compared to the stone tones chosen for the exposed industrial style ceiling. The ADL150 pendants provide a modern and sophisticated look to the spacious and open learning areas with uniform low glare illumination for all types of classroom activities.
Richmond High School was recently awarded a commendation at the 2020 Learning Environments Australasia Awards in the New Construction / New Entire Educational Facility category.
Hayball the leading architects involved in the project stated it was “designed to be experienced as one integrated ‘whole’ where all students feel connected and a part of the greater school, the built form is an embodiment of the schools emerging vision and values: community, diversity, wellbeing and sustainability”.
This was not the first award that Richmond High School has received; in 2019 Richmond High School was also awarded Best Secondary School from the Victorian School Design Awards.
The school also houses a state of the sport precinct which provides competition-standard netball courts one of which provides showers and toilets, a canteen and administration area. A ground-level Performing Arts space is available for community use outside school hours, and the nearby Richmond Recreation Centre with a pool and gym will be used by the school. Students will also use a food technology facility at the neighbouring Lynall Hall Community School.
“Whether you live in the inner city, the outer suburbs or regional Victoria, we’re making sure every child has the opportunity for the best start in life – and access to a great local school.” – Premier Daniel Andrews
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