EARLY LEARNING PROFILE
GOODSTART BRISBANE ADELAIDE STREET
LITTLE STARS CHILD CARE CENTRE
ALAMANDA CHILDREN'S CENTRE
LIGHTNING REEF EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
KOROROIT CREEK LONG DAY CARE AND EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
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GRAY PUKSAND HAS EARNED A REPUTATION AS BEING LEADERS. OUR MODERN, VISIONARY DESIGNS EMERGE FROM CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTIONS.
We want Gray Puksand clients to be excited by our work. As an Australian multi-studio architecture, interior design and graphic design practice, our experience in design enables us to forge cutting edge, sophisticated work. The national team consists of accomplished and imaginative professionals who produce exemplary designs for clients worldwide. Every client has different values. Collaboration is integral to our distinctive approach; our goal is to understand our client's underlying values. Listening, contributing ideas and sharing research knowledge are key aspects of our position as trusted advisors.
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OUR TEAM DESIGNS AND DELIVERS EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES FOR TODAY AND THE FUTURE. WE CRAFT CUSTOMISED SOLUTIONS THAT ARE ADAPTABLE, ENDURING AND DESIGNED TO EMPOWER THE PROCESS OF LEARNING.
We do not believe in one-size-fits-all architecture. We offer an individual, tailored approach. Our success is based on the ability to coordinate and liaise with a diverse range of project stakeholders to achieve high quality outcomes that reflect your aims and aspirations. We are adept at working with clients in the government, public, and private sectors across a range of delivery models for projects big and small, near and far. Our portfolio includes early learning centres, primary and secondary private schools (government and private), specialist trade training centres, and university and TAFE facilities. We take the time to research and consider the forces of modern culture on education design and delivery. This includes keeping up to date with the new freedoms and opportunities presented by technology, and understanding the impact of the growing trend toward lifelong learning cycles.
As the lines between our learning, work, and social spheres continue to blur, the multidisciplinary nature of our practice allows us to collaborate and apply relevant knowledge and innovations from other sectors. Itâ€™s important to have a strong, reliable team to advise and guide you confidently through this process. Our knowledgeable and skilled inhouse team has extensive first hand experience in designing and delivering high quality educational facilities. We focus on delivering innovative outcomes, boosted by our ongoing collaboration with leading independent education researchers. This adds a unique layer of scientific, evidence-based thinking to our work. Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) is an integral part of our service. By addressing spatial flexibility, we help you achieve more with less. This focus delivers inherent sustainability not only in the original design, but also your ongoing use.
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DESIGNING A HIGH QUALITY, DEVELOPMENTALLY AND CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN, WHETHER FOR LEARNING OR FOR PLAY, IS COMPLEX AND REQUIRES SPECIALISED DESIGN SKILL.
THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING AMBIANCE, LAYOUT, ACOUSTICS, LIGHTING, EQUIPMENT AND FURNISHINGS HAS A PROFOUND IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S LEARNING AND GROWTH. Collaborating with Early Childhood and Play Space Design consultants, our projects are based on collaborative communication. Knowledge of contemporary curriculum, pedagogy and evidence based research inspire our design response to each project. For example, the Regio Emilia approach to teaching and learning provides inspiration for interior design through the provision of inclusive, adaptable spaces. The connection of extensive external play space and beautiful landscapes are designed to connect children with nature and encourage an awareness of environmental sustainability.
Early Learning facilities are important centres for communities and require a multi-disciplinary team to translate the project vision into multi-functional facilities. Facility designs may extend beyond Early Learning and Child Care to include dedicated early learning bookshops and Maternal and Child Health services. Each project whether it be the refurbishment of an existing facility, or new build on a greenfield site will be developed in response to the surrounding culture and environmental context.
Gray Puksand understands the importance of designing the entire environment. From architecture, interior and graphic design, equipment layouts to outdoors spaces. These aspects combine together to support early learning, the staff’s abilities and most importantly to meet children’s needs.
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GOODSTART BRISBANE ADELAIDE STREET TROPICAL OASIS CHILDCARE CENTRE IN THE HEART OF BRISBANE’S CBD.
Gray Puksand has designed a ground-breaking 207-place early learning and care centre for Goodstart Early Learning in Adelaide Street, Brisbane. In this unique CBD location, Gray Puksand’s team has achieved outstanding results within difficult parameters. Goodstart, Australia’s largest early learning provider, had extensive requirements to meet for their latest centre. When the opportunity arose to secure an entire floor of the old Broadway on the Mall building – directly above H&M – they saw the potential opportunity to create a word-class centre, despite the limitations of the existing building. Dealing with a heritage-listed facade, existing ground-floor tenancy and the lack of outdoor space, there were several challenges that required a collaborative approach. “Our team investigated the breakdown of age groups and the size of the rooms within the space,” explains Kevin Miles, Brisbane Managing Partner at Gray Puksand. “However, the space is unique and required some creative thinking.” In its former life as a city mall, the building had a central atrium skylight area, which used to bring light into the old shopping precinct. Now just servicing the top floor, this atrium became a wonderful asset to the design. “Typically with childcare you need outdoor space, depending on how many children you have,” Miles says. “Along with a new rooftop garden and play area, this atrium space leant itself to that requirement for outdoor space.” Gray Puksand also worked to create operable windows and large openings to bring breezes through to the indoor play area.
With a re-fit such as this, there were extreme limitations in terms of weight and inability to penetrate the floor slab. The solutions involved working closely with the landscape architects and engineers to develop suitable garden designs for the roof and indoor play areas, as well as installing a raised floor for drainage. Across the 14 learning spaces, Gray Puksand’s designers worked closely with Goodstart’s team, headed by Queensland State Manager Dr Lesley Jones, to provide the right equipment, support facilities and environments for each of the age groups, from babies to kindergarten. Each learning environment opens onto the internal playground space, which incorporates nature areas and equipment for exploration and learning. “The playground offers lots to explore, with bike circuits, rope bridges, water play, and sandpits as well as quiet reading zones and seating pods," Dr Jones says. As the education team at Goodstart explains: “At the Adelaide Street centre, children can experience the seven senses as they explore the atrium where they can touch the bark of the trees, walk barefoot over the stepping stones and admire the view on raised platforms.” Gray Puksand’s role involved working within the site’s tight parameters, while creating spaces that met the strict safety guidelines and requirements of diverse early learning environments. The landscape architect, Green Edge, played a key role in realising the innovative rooftop and indoor gardens. “The landscaping is one of the most important parts of the whole project,” Miles says. “To their immense credit, Green Edge thought through every detail.
Ours was quite a collaborative approach in terms of what we were doing, what the engineers were doing, what the landscape architects were doing.” The resulting rooftop space includes mechanically-controlled skylights, allowing light, air and rain to support the vegetable gardens. Natural timbers and stone have been used to bring a more warmth into the interiors through joinery and other additions. “Bringing that warmth in was crucial,” Miles says. “We wanted it to have a bit more of that home feel, rather than some other centres which can be a bit more clinical.” Another innovative aspect of Goodstart’s approach to their Adelaide Street facility – and one that is certainly not commonplace in the industry – is the addition of on-site meal preparation, with an in-house chef. Gray Puksand saw this as an amazing opportunity for the children to learn and be engaged in the food preparation process. The kitchen was therefore designed with windows and a viewing amphitheatre, which allows children and other members of the Goodstart community to observe the kitchen activities. As with every project Gray Puksand undertakes, Goodstart Brisbane – Adelaide Street benefits from the practice’s broad cross-sector experience. From its extensive knowledge of education – primary, secondary, and tertiary – through to workplace and even residential design, Gray Puksand’s diverse set of skills – and its ability to consult, collaborate, and adapt – have delivered a flagship new facility for Goodstart.
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LITTLE STARS CHILD CARE CENTRE A SHARED INNER-CITY CHILD CARE FACILITY FOR EMPLOYEES OF NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK (NAB).
Located within a commercial building at podium level, the site had many constraints including confines of a centre lift core and a required external play area on a podium level. By taking a portion of the commercial space and interior spaces, the external play area was increased; the result was an innovative design approach for the 75 place centre. As there was little connection between the exterior space and interior play areas, the design was for the external wall to be as long as possible to amplify visual interaction between interior play areas and the external deck. Play Spaces 1, 2 and 3 are for younger years and incorporate cot rooms (as directed by the operator). These can be removed in the future if required by a different operator. Glass walls allow visual connection between all spaces and permit flexibility of staff numbers. Support spaces are shared and designed to ensure visual connectivity between spaces.
Play Spaces 4 and 5 are for ages 3 and up, cot facilities are located within different spaces defined by floor finish zones and furniture that is easily moved on roller wheels to encourage multiple use of each space. For after hours care the wall between Play Spaces 4 and 5 is often removed to increase the area of play, whilst optimising staff numbers for supervision. The centre activity and support corridor spine can remain activated whilst maintaining enclosure of ‘escapees’.
The design of Little Stars and the integrated landscape environment was founded on children experiencing the CBD location, at a scale and pace of steps they identify with.
On odd occasions, Little Stars opens for entire community space. Opening the corridor walls with Play Space 4 and 5 enables a community space and extension of the entry from the arrival reception point.
Higher level glazing forms continual viewable spaces to support staffing needs. Bi-fold glass walls allow flexibility of space which support a variety of spaces, from age specific child care, occasional day care, or formulate larger scale community needs when required.
Whilst NAB identified the need to provide child care facilities for staff, initially they were apprehensive as to how much demand would be required and how the commercial aspect of reducing office space for a Child Care centre would work.
A kin to the tune “from the little things, big things grow”, a series of triangulated elements form spaces that evolve from one construct to another, at a little person’s scale. Children interact with built elements to align play with development of the children’s ‘workspace’.
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ALAMANDA CHILDREN'S CENTRE WORKING CLOSELY WITH DEECD AND WYNDHAM CITY COUNCIL, THE DESIGN INTEGRATES DEVELOPMENT WITH A SEAMLESS CONNECTION BETWEEN THE CHILDREN’S CENTRE AND P-9 COLLEGE.
To give the development a civic presence in a new community, two adjacent buildings were located on the approach (North) side of the site. With assistance from independent educational specialist Debbie Cole, Gray Puksand designed the building with the 2012 National Regulations in mind to future proof the Centre. The Project Team worked closely with Wyndham City Council on the Children’s Centre design and integration of elements with the adjoining Council-owned sports oval. For example, the College hard courts overlapped the title boundary that would form part of the Joint Use Agreement.
Gray Puksand was able to work through issues collaboratively with Council, such as the expansion of the brief from two to three Kindergarten Rooms at the expense of the Community Room. The Children’s Centre was designed so that all Kindergarten Rooms open up to the north, to a common outdoor play area that seamlessly integrates the landscape environment (designed by Jeavons Landscape Architects). Skylights to the south provide natural daylight through the rooms. The irregular shaped central corridor promotes active spaces that are part of the children’s learning environments and also encourage social interaction for parents and the community.
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LIGHTNING REEF EARLY LEARNING CENTRE THE LIGHTNING REEF EARLY LEARNING CENTRE IS LOCATED WITHIN THE LIGHTNING REEF PRIMARY SCHOOL SITE. LIGHTNING REEF EARLY LEARNING CENTRE (ELC) IS PART OF THE GOVERNMENTS BUILDING THE EDUCATION REVOLUTION AND IS LOCATED ADJACENT TO BENDIGO SHOWGROUNDS.
The Initial BER 75 place centre template did not meet the specific needs and operation of the proposed user group. The template had to be enlarged and amended in consultation with the YMCA, the City of Greater Bendigo and DEECD Early Learning to meet the needs of the user groups for a 90 place centre. The revised floor plan offers more flexibility and diversity of space. ELC provides 5 rooms of varying sizes. The fully integrated service cater for children aged 4 months to Kindergarten and also presents access to a range of additional early childhood services including; community facilities, Maternal Child Health and consulting rooms and a multi-purpose room with adjoining consulting room for observation. These facilities are shared with the primary school and provide adaptable spaces to suit community needs.
With older children in mind, Playroom 1 and 2 have been designed with a central kitchen facility. Direct visual access from the kitchen facility, encourages children to interact and about the Importance of food and nutrition. Playroom 1 through 4 open up to north to provide an integrated landscape environment. The outdoor play area has been designed with an assortment of natural and built settings and materials. It invites interaction and exploration. Playroom 5 provides a smaller space for younger children and cots.
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KOROROIT CREEK LONG DAY CARE AND EARLY LEARNING CENTRE THE KOROROIT CREEK PRIMARY SCHOOL SITE PLAYS HOST TO TWO SHIRE OF MELTON COMMUNITY FACILITIES WHICH ARE IN ADDITION TO THE SCHOOL FACILITIES.
KOROROIT CREEK LONG DAY CARE AND AQUATIC CENTRE The YMCA facility exists on the site as a single freestanding structure and delivers both Long Day Care and aquatic programs to the community. The YMCA Long Day Care centre enables families’ access to quality community based Child Care that offers an integrated kindergarten program that reflects the governments’ Early Years Learning Framework. The centre provides 88 placements from 5 program rooms. Playroom 1 provides places for 12 babies, incorporates dedicated cot facilities, a baby change area and a bottle-prep space all with direct visual connection: Playroom 2 provides 12 places for 1-2 year olds Playroom 3, 12 places for 2-3 year olds Playroom 4, 24 places for 3-4 year olds Playroom 5, 24 places for 4-5 year olds The Long Day Care centre further services the community through the inclusion of a self contained community hub space and two consulting rooms. This space is utilised regularly for range of community programs and the YMCA after School care program. 18
KOROROIT CREEK EARLY LEARNING CENTRE In response to growth pressures in the Melton East Corridor, the Shire of Melton formed an agreement with DEECD to enable the community Early Learning Centre to be co-located on the Kororoit Creek Primary School site. The aim of the Early Leaning Centre’s programs is to provide a seamless transition for children entering School at the Preparatory Year. The design team worked with representatives of the Shire of Melton to deliver a facility which enables children to: The centre provides 60 placements from 2 program rooms Program Room 1 provides 30 places for 3 year olds Program Room 2, 30 places for 4 year olds The Early Learning Centre further services the community through the inclusion of a self contained community hub space and two Maternal Health consulting rooms. In addition to a variety of community or range of community programs and the YMCA after School care program.
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$10.0M Alamanda College P-9 and Early Learning Centre, Point Cook
$0.4M Knox City Council Illoura House, Liberty Pre-School / Multi-purpose Facility
$ 2.5M Brisbane City Child Care 150 Children Space, Spring Hill
Kororoit Creek Primary School Shire of Melton, P-6 School with YMCA Aquatic Centre, Community Hub and Stand Alone Early Learning Centre, 75 Children with 25 Occasional Care Spaces and Maternal and Children’s Health Services
$1.0M Bovis Lend Lease / Westpac Kids on Bond children’s centre, 75 Children Space, Sydney N/A Folkestone Education Trust Wyndham Vale Children’s Centre, 132 Children Space, Wyndham Vale N/A Folkestone Education Trust Armstrong Creek Children’s Centre, 120 Children Space, Armstrong Creek N/A Folkestone Education Trust Northcote Children’s Centre, 110 Children Space, Northcote N/A Goodstart Early Learning Success Children’s Centre, 90 Children Space, Success N/A Goodstart Early Learning Kingsley Children’s Centre, 66 Children Space, Kingsley N/A Goodstart Early Learning Ashfield Children’s Centre, 66 Children Space, Ashfield N/A Goodstart Early Learning Christie Street Children’s Centre, 90 Children Space, St Leonards $4.5M Goodstart Early Learning Adelaide Street Children’s Centre, 207 Children Space, Brisbane
$13.0M Lightning Reef Lightning Reef Primary School with Early Learning Centre, 90 children with 25 Occasional Care Space with Maternal and Children’s Health Services $1.7M NAB Little Stars 75 Children Space, Melbourne $1.1M NAB Starkids Child Care Facility Level 7, 75 Children Space, North Sydney $3.6M Wyndham Children’s Centre Integrated with Alamanda College P-9 School, Point Cook $200.0M Partnerships in Victorian Schools (PViS) The following community facilities were incorporated with the overall Axiom Education Victoria Public Private Partnerships
N/A PViS Derrimut Primary School City of Derrimut, P-6 School with YMCA Long Day Care Centre incorporating Community Hub linked with Early Learning Centre, 75 Children with 25 Occasional Care Spaces and Maternal and Children’s Health Services N/A PViS Point Cook College P-9 School with YMCA Long Day Care centre incorporating Community Hub, 75 Children with 25 Occasional Care Spaces and Maternal and Children’s Health Services N/A PViS Truganina South P-9 School with YMCA LongDay Care Centre incorporating Community Hub N/A PViS Taylors Hill P-6 School with YMCA Long Day Care Centre incorporating Community Hub, 75 children with 25 Occasional Care Spaces and Maternal and Children’s Health Services N/A PViS Craigieburn West P-6 School with YMCA Long Day Care Centre incorporating Community Hub, 75 Children with 25 Occasional Care Spaces and Maternal and Children’s Health Services N/A The Property Factory The Sydney Entertainment Precinct, Byron Kennedy Hall, 240 Children Space Incorporating Specialist Needs, Paddington N/A Truman Child Care Facility 80 Children Space, Alexandria $3.6M Wyndham Children’s Centre Integrated with Alamanda College P-9 School, Point Cook
$10.0M Alamanda College P-9 and Early Learning Centre, Point Cook
$150M Economic Stimulus Plan Delivery Commonwealth Government, 120 sites, National
$4.5M Al Siraat College Science, Art and Design Centre, Epping
$2.8M Al Siraat College New Junior School Neighbourhood, Epping $15.0M Aspire Schools New Multipurpose Halls (6 sites), Private Public Partnership $200M Aspire Schools New P-6 Primary Schools (6 sites), Private Public Partnership $5.5M Aspire Peregian State School Masterplan Update, New Prep Facilities (2GLA’s) and Senior Precinct Facilities (9 GLA’s) $2.2B Building the Education Revolution Library and Learning Neighbourhood, Template Design, 6 versions, National $7.0M Epping North East Primary School Epping P-6 Primary School $9.0M Eltham High School Flexible Learning and Development Centre, Eltham
IBVM Province Archives Loreto Archives Building, Ballarat
$11.5M Kyneton Primary School Kyneton New P - 6 Primary School, Kyneton $200M Aspire Schools New P-6 Primary Schools (6 sites), Private Public Partnership $6.0M Kaniva College Science and Technology Centre, Primary School Refurbishment, Kaniva $13.0M Lightning Reef Primary School, Bendigo $8.0M
Loreto College Performing Arts Centre, Ballarat
$3.9M Moe (South St) Primary School Flexible Learning Centre inc. Administration and Library $2.4M
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Junior School, Ringwood
$5.0M Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Masterplan and Masterplan Implementation Program Stage 1-3 out of 5 Stage Program, Darra QLD
$200.0M Partnerships Victoria in Schools Project Axiom Education Victoria, P-6, P-9, 11 schools over two project stages $8.0M
Point Clair Public School New multi-level building
Sacred Heart College Multi-purpose Learning Centre, Kew
$14.0M South Melbourne Park Primary School New P-6 Inner City Vertical School, Albert Park Primary $3.0M
St Anne’s Primary School K-2 Learning Precinct, Park Orchards
St Christopher’s Primary School Masterplan, Glen Waverley
St Mary Magdalen’s School Masterplan, Chadstone
$1.2M Sunbury Heights Primary School 6 classroom block, seminar spaces construction project, Sunbury $2.8M
Urquhart Park Primary School Flexible Learning Environment, Ballarat
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POINT COOK PRIMARY SCHOOL
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Published on Jul 28, 2016