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Future Cranbrook

A Campus Renewal Project

Proposed location of new buildings and facilities under the Cranbrook renewal project.

In October 2017, Cranbrook commenced a formal planning application process to support a plan for the redevelopment and renewal of its Senior School campus at Bellevue Hill. The proposal involves the replacement of ageing, buildings with new facilities that include a five-level contemporary education building, a drama and music theatre, a fitness and aquatic centre, a chapel and an underground carpark.

The Centenary Building

The proposed new Centenary Building will include five levels of new facilities including an internal War Memorial Hall. The majority of the building will sit below the current heritage lawn level, with the new Chapel the only part of the building planned to extend beyond this level, adjacent to the existing Perkins Building. Proposed uses include:

  • An assembly hall
  • Drama and music performance theatre and performance rooms
  • Flexible, technology enabled learning spaces
  • A dining area
  • Classrooms and outdoor learning spaces
  • A new school chapel

The new building which has been sympathetically designed to complement the existing campus landscape and built environment. 

Aquatic and Fitness Centre

The proposed redevelopment includes plans for an aquatic and fitness facility with adjacent underground car parking.  

Drop-off and pick-up facility

A feature of the proposed campus renewal is the inclusion of a pick-up and drop-off zone on campus within the existing internal driveway. This upgrade will ease traffic pinch points on Victoria Road and Rose Bay Avenue in morning and afternoon peaks, and provide improved amenity to neighbours, students and parents. 

Location of Redevelopment Areas within Cranbrook Senior Campus.

FAQs

Why does the school need to undertake this project?

We have a number of buildings and facilities that are ageing, require costly maintenance and are nearing the end of their useful purpose. The proposed redevelopment aims to:

  • replace existing facilities with modern facilities that reflect new ways of learning and which support the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of its students;
  • provide high quality, multipurpose, sporting and cultural spaces and facilities;
  • create a learning environment that complements the strong academic framework and the pursuit of excellence at Cranbrook.

Is the redevelopment related to a plan to increase student numbers?

No. This is a plan for renewal, not expansion. The school is not seeking an increase in the current cap on the number of approved students that can be enrolled at the school.

Where is the planning approval process up to?

The school undertook some preliminary consultation with neighbours and key stakeholders in 2016 and incorporated feedback from those sessions into early designs. The formal planning application commenced in October 2017 with a request to the Department of Planning and Environment to issue a statement of environmental assessment requirements to support the project (see Planning Approval Process).

Are there any benefits for the local community? 

The proposed redevelopment promises several benefits for immediate neighbours of the school and the surrounding community. The dedicated on-campus student drop-off and pickup zone will improve local amenity and ease traffic congestion on Rose Bay Avenue and Victoria Street in morning and afternoon peaks. The underground car park to be located under Hordern Oval will remove cars from residential streets, improving access to street parking for nearby residents and visitors. Appropriate community access to new facilities, including the aquatic and fitness centre, is also being determined.

How will the school and surrounding residents be affected during construction?

We will continue to be respectful of our neighbours at all times and will work with them to minimise any disruption during construction. All of the proposed building work is inside the campus, remote from and mostly below the street level of our closest neighbours.

Our school will continue to operate on-site as normal, so the construction program will be managed to minimise dust and noise.  The school has gained experience of maintaining the amenity of the immediate school environment during construction from the refurbishment program that is currently underway in its Senior School building.  Careful design and supervision of these works has allowed teaching to continue in the building during construction with minimal adverse impact for students, staff and neighbours.  This experience will inform the proposed renewal program.

Detailed studies are currently underway to further inform management plans in the following areas: 

  • Traffic and parking impacts during construction
  • Visual privacy impacts
  • Acoustic and dust impacts.

Will any views be affected by new buildings?

We expect minimal or no impact to neighbours sight lines or views. Almost all of the planned capital works will be below street level in Rose Bay Avenue.

When will construction commence and how long will it take?

The school must gain regulatory approval in a process overseen by State and local authorities before construction can commence.  There are a number of steps in the regulatory approval process to work through before a start date is finalised, but we hope to start during the latter part of 2018. The timeframe for construction will depend on the ability of the school to fund the various components of the planned improvements, and whether the works need to be staged in separate phases due to funding constraints.

What will the redevelopment cost, and how will the school fund the cost? 

If all elements of the proposed project were to proceed, it is expected that the construction costs would be approximately $75 million. Those costs would be funded by a combination of internal resources, debt and support from the school community. No government funds will be used.

Will there be ongoing community consultation?

The school is committed to genuine consultation with stakeholders, particularly our neighbours. There are a range of ways to find out more and provide feedback.  This includes:

Your feedback is important to us and all community and stakeholder feedback will help to inform detailed planning and design work. 

Contact Details

Email us at future@cranbrook.nsw.edu.au

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Planning approval process

The Cranbrook campus renewal proposal is expected to be assessed as a State Significant Development, consistent with the approval pathway for capital projects in NSW schools, which requires the preparation of a Development Application and an Environmental Impact Statement. It also includes a requirement for public exhibition of these documents to encourage community feedback. The following are the key steps: