A new Learning Centre for Mount Ommaney Special School deals with growth and will enrich student learning opportunities and enable community engagement. The two storey Centre, currently under construction, includes a mix of General Learning Areas, student therapy spaces, and staff planning areas. A key feature is the ground level vocationally-focused Multi Skills and Outdoor Learning Area. This OLA has been tailored to the school’s unique vocational learning opportunities: a commercial laundry, with associated ‘Op-Shop’ retail space, and a commercial kitchen that allows the school’s café program to grow. The clear link between the OLA and these vocational functions will offer new opportunities for the school community and the wider community to engage.
A specifically designed undercroft will accommodate additional growth into the future, allowing direct replication of the upper level GLA spaces. Overall, the architecture is welcoming and familiar, referencing the existing, original campus. DR has worked closely with the landscape architect and the school to thoughtfully integrate the building to the site. For example, new sensory gardens and a productive food garden relate to the ground floor vocational program.
Department of Education