St Catherine’s School, Junior School Playspace Refurbishment

Playspaces, Education

Project Specifics

Location: Toorak

Consultancy Services: Schematic Design, Design Development, Contract Documentation, Contract Administration


St Catherine’s School is a high profile private school in Melbourne. ACLA acknowledges the key role external spaces provide in a child’s learning environment. This playspace upgrade has created a natural and engaging space for student’s to explore and develop. Natural play elements balance the existing timber play structure, deck and sand pit. Custom hardwood timber seats and mudstone boulders have been arranged to provide intimate pockets for gathering, communicating and building friendships. The bamboo forest trail establishes secret spaces for exploration and imagination, while achieving privacy from neighbouring properties. The plant palette was selected for natural shade and to provide a mix of colour, texture and smell. New pathways improve access to and within the playspace and random stone paving highlights areas for congregation. The playspace is now reinvigorated, providing all of the elements required for young budding children to develop outside the classroom as evident in the ways the space is now used and enjoyed.

Project Location

Suite 2, 751 Nicholson Street, North Carlton VIC 3054
Telephone +61 3 9381 4366

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