Our Lady of Assumption School

North Strathfield, NSW

First multi-storey school in Sydney constructed with engineered timber

This exciting new project showcases TTW’s commitment to cutting-edge materials and technologies, and will be the first multistorey school building in Sydney built with engineered timber. With land space in Sydney’s inner west at a premium, this new school is an example of how an existing structure can be repurposed to fit modern requirements. The new Our Lady of Assumption School in North Strathfield utilises an existing three-storey concrete frame base built in the 1970s (previously the Telstra Training Centre) and delivers a modern and exciting learning space for the future.

In a staged delivery, the new school will provide four levels of flexible learning spaces and facilities, constructed using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glulam (glued laminated timber). The innovative design includes a four storey atrium space with staggered stairs, full length balconies connecting classrooms and rooftop playgrounds directly over assembly areas.

Intended to cater for 450 students, the development showcases the best sustainability practices, with a focus on natural ventilation and high-performance timber products. Movable screens and joinery allows for a multitude of teaching configurations, and large bi-fold doors open to the timber deck, bringing the outside and inside together to create an inspiring learning environment.

Client: Sydney Catholic Education

Architect: BVN

Builder: Stephen Edwards Construction

Value: $18M

Completion: 2018

Sector: School & Colleges

Services: Timber, Structural