A key part of Sydney open 2012, Sydney Grammar School has occupied its site on the edge of the CBD since the 1820s. In 2009 work began on a unique project aimed at providing a hall specially designed for school assemblies and the performance of orchestral and choral music with seating for 1500 people, as well as a major expansion of playground space and sheltered recreation areas.
The school wanted to highlight the site’s environment so as much rock as possible was left exposed, and special arrangements were made to deal with hydrological and structural issues arising from this requirement. Perhaps the biggest single challenge stemmed from the school’s insistence that its normal routines should continue throughout construction. The result is a strikingly successful example of how to design and build in a confined inner-city heritage site. In August 2011 the headmaster opened the New Hall before a capacity audience, and it has already transformed the daily life of the school.
DATE BUILT & ARCHITECTS
2009 PTW architects, design, Southern Cross Projects, the builder