The campus sits within a new 25-hectare mixed-use development with the siting and placement of this education facility being the catalyst for change for within the current industrial area. As a vertical school campus for over 1000 children situated on a site of less than 3 hectares, the Master Plan builds strong connections with adjacent existing Council facilities such as the nature reserve and football ovals.
“The provision of flexible learning spaces at the new East Campus has really been transformational for our students with special needs. They are able to feel part of the community whilst still having spaces to break out to when working with their aids, teachers and other students. I feel that the spaces afforded in the new campus really improve the inclusion of all students, ensuring there are learning environments suitable for everyone.”
Mckinnon Secondary College’s new campus promotes an integrated and connected curriculum, providing real and meaningful learning experiences for all students. The design proposes flexible learning environments that may adapt as learning styles and curriculum change.
K2LD held a series of stakeholder workshops with over 230 people, this included Mckinnon locals, teachers, students, and partners to identify the features and challenges of the existing campus and to inform design for the new campus. McKinnon was designed to serve and accommodate, but also to build positive relationships with the wider community.
McKinnon was designed to serve and accommodate, but also to build positive relationships with the wider community. By carefully designing its spaces, the building can facilitate an organic approach to learning, providing flexible learning spaces for enhanced education, and an atrium for social interaction.
Connections with the wider community were identified as a significant aspect of the school’s ethos. Relationships with external user groups help to promote a greater sense of local community, building a positive identity for the school and enabling the potential to offer further educational opportunities, as well as providing additional revenue streams for the school.
The state-of-the-art school complements the existing campus by catering to the diverse needs of all students, while supporting the growing demand for local secondary school places.