Posted by Allison McNally
on 11 March 2019
New developments for the Oakhill College campus are on the way to becoming a reality.
In November 2017, the College announced its proposal to develop a Master Plan for the campus that will place the Catholic secondary high school in Castle Hill at the forefront of learning and education.
A design competition was subsequently launched to select the architectural firm that will develop the Master Plan.
"We were overwhelmed by the level of interest in the competition with five companies being invited to a site tour and receive a detailed Master Plan brief," said the Principal of Oakhill College, Br Steve Hogan.
Three leading architectural firms were short-listed and presented their design ideas to the Master Planning Committee in April. Mayoh Architects, BVN and URBIS, all have strong experience in designing contemporary learning environments and each successfully addressed the three design principals of the Master Plan brief: flexible innovative learning spaces that inspire; connectivity and fluidity; and the provision of a traffic and pedestrian solution.
In a Board Meeting held early in May 2018, the College announced URBIS as the winner of the competition. URBIS completed the College Master Plan in October 2018.
Prior to the Masterplan announcement, the College hosted a "think tank" session with leading representatives in education, design and architecture. The purpose was to establish ideas on how to improve the learning experience at the College.
The first building will be the five storey TAS/Science Innovation Hub, followed by landscaping of the College grounds. The College hopes to complete architectural work in 2019 and possibly start late 2019 or early 2020.