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Masterplan 2: Cranbrook Senior School Campus Renewal Project

In October 2017, Cranbrook commenced a formal planning application process to support a plan for the redevelopment and renewal of its aging Senior School campus at Bellevue Hill. 

The proposal involves the replacement of buildings – some of which have been in use for over 70 years - with new facilities that include a multi-level contemporary education building, a drama and music theatre, a fitness and aquatic centre, a Chapel and an underground carpark.

The Masterplan is the single most ambitious and visionary project to be undertaken in our Cranbrook’s history. Day by day, thanks to careful and collaborative planning, this vision for the future is inching closer to realisation. 

This once in a generation project will provide new, improved facilities for students and teachers now and into the future, delivering state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces along with upgraded sporting and cultural facilities which will better support Cranbrook in providing world class, well-rounded education to its students

We were pleased to take a significant step when we lodged the second stage of our Development Application in May. Supporting a project of such impressive size are, of course, a multitude of considerations and phases and we worked closely with the Department of Planning and Environment and our local Council as our Development Application navigated its necessary course. 

Community members and stakeholders can contact Cranbrook School via Cranbrook@cranbrook.nsw.edu.au or (02) 9327 9000 to find out more about the project, share feedback, or lodge a complaint. 

We have enjoyed significant support and only one minor objection, which is a remarkable achievement and indicative of the backing of the project from neighbours and our community. 

This project would not be in the realm of possibility without the generosity of the School community. We are deeply grateful to those who have pledged their support. 

We are thrilled with the resulting transformational designs for the campus which include a new Centenary Building, a much needed car park under Hordern Oval and a state-of-the-art Aquatic & Fitness Centre. 

The design is centred upon our ethos: the promotion of the love of the pursuit of excellence; the provision of flexible, inspirational teaching/learning spaces and facilities; the sustenance of the performing arts, resources for building community and recognition of the value of sport and physical fitness. 

This video offers a birds eye view of our vision for the renewed campus:

As the video shows, the Centenary Building will become a centrepiece of the School, lifting our community spirit through a dedicated and beautiful Chapel honouring our living Anglican character and by the provision of a suitable multi-purpose gathering place where the whole School can assemble.

In addition, this modern facility will include a performance theatre, dining commons for boarders, day boys and teachers, more than 10 modern, technology-enabled classrooms, a variety of collaborative learning spaces, two basketball courts and locker rooms, an orchestral rehearsal room, music and drama studios, meeting rooms and breakout terrace space. 

A Memorial Garden and Centenary Lawn will complete the facility.

Our new Aquatic and Fitness Centre will include a 50 metre pool, a multi-function court, home/away locker rooms and spaces for health education studies. The carpark, to be built under Hordern Oval, will assist our School to be a community partner, easing parking congestion that currently exists in streets surrounding our campus.  Cranbrook has worked, and will continue to engage, closely with local residents and the wider community to ensure minimal disruption as this major renewal work is undertaken. We are also planning carefully to minimise any disruption to our academic endeavours during this period. 

Frequently Asked Questions  

  • I want to complain or make an enquiry. Who do I contact? 

    Community members and stakeholders can contact Cranbrook School via Cranbrook@cranbrook.nsw.edu.au or (02) 9327 9000 to find out more about the project, share feedback, or lodge a complaint. 

  • 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 the Department of Planning and Environment approving the Development Application in 2019.

    Following rigorous tender, Richard Crookes Constructions was appointed the preferred contractor in November 2019. 

    The infancy of the transformational change is already visible on Hordern Oval. Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report (ACHAR) investigations, to help progress the Stage 2 Masterplan redevelopment project, have commenced.

    These works involve a two stage programme of Aboriginal archaeological test and salvage excavations in accordance with the State Significant Development Application (SSDA) Conditions of Consent. The ACHAR investigations are required to be undertaken prior to commencement of the proposed Centenary Building and Aquatic & Fitness Centre buildings.

    Major construction works are anticipated to commence in the December/January 2020 School holiday period.

  • 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. 

  • 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 was recently completed 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 renewal construction works. 

    Detailed studies regarding traffic, parking, acoustic and dust and visual privacy impacts have been undertaken to inform management plans.

  • 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?

    Minor pre-construction works have commenced from November 2019. Major construction works are anticipated to commence in the December/January 2020 School Holiday period. 

  • Will there be ongoing community consultation?

    Cranbrook is committed to genuine consultation with stakeholders, particularly our neighbours. We intend to be transparent and collaborative with our stakeholders as this once in a 100 year renewal redevelopment of our campus comes to fruition. There are a range of ways to find out more and provide feedback. 

    These include:

    • Community newsletters - via electronic direct mail, letterbox drops and the website
    • Direct stakeholder briefings
    • Social media updates
    • Media updates 

    Feedback is important to us and all community and stakeholder feedback can be directed to us via Cranbrook@cranbrook.nsw.edu.au or via (02) 9327 9000.

Project Specific Information

Project Details 

Project Name: Cranbrook School Redevelopment Project 

Consent Number: SSD 8812 

Status: Construction Phase 

Architect: Architectus 

Contractor: Richard Crookes Constructions 

Commencement: Dec 2019 

Forecast Completion: Late 2021 

Electorate: Wentworth 

Address: 5 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill NSW 2023 

Progress Summary 

Archaeological testing and salvage investigationsLate November 2019 
Construction CertificateDecember 2019
Construction CommencingDecember 2019
Construction Certificate 01Late December 2019
Demolition and Tree Removal CompleteLate January 2019
Early WorksLate October 2020
Construction Certificate 02Late April 2020
ConstructionIn-Progress
Construction Certificate 03Late October 2020

Relevant Documents  

Below is a list of key documents pertaining to the Cranbrook Senior School Campus Masterplan 2 Renewal Project. 

EIS & RTS

SSDA

View the state significant development application (SSDA) on the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment’s (DPIE) Website or below:

Complaints Register

A record of all complaints received on this project can be found here.

Complaints can be lodged via Cranbrook@cranbrook.nsw.edu.au 

Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE) feedback 

Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE) feedback is here: 

There is no feedback available at this time.

Summary of Monitoring Results of the Development 

The site is subject of Compliance Reports and Independent Environmental Audits as per the SSD Conditions of Consent. These documents are made publicly available as required in the consent.

D15 – D17 – Construction Noise Limits

Richard Crookes Constructions are abiding by the noise limits outlined in the approved Construction Noise & Vibration Management Plan (CNVMP) and are monitoring noise in areas that are adjacent to sensitive receivers. Complaints are investigated and responded to in accordance with the complaints handling procedures and noise mitigation measures within the CNVMP and the Community Communication Strategy (CCS).

D18 – D20 – Vibration Criteria

Richard Crookes Constructions are conducting vibration monitoring during vibratory works and abiding by the limits prescribed within the above listed conditions of consent. Complaints are investigated and responded to in accordance with the complaints handling procedures and noise mitigation measures within the CNVMP and the Community Communication Strategy (CCS).

D21 – D22 – Air Quality

Richard Crookes Constructions are taking all reasonable steps to mitigate dust generation during construction activities. Dust monitoring is ongoing adjacent to sensitive receivers and remain within allowable limits in the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EP&A) guidelines. 

D23 – Erosion and Sediment Control

On-site and off-site erosion and sediment controls are being monitored daily by Richard Crookes Constructions. As works progress on-site, the erosion and sediment control are adjusted to reduce impact to Council stormwater. External erosion and sediment controls are maintained and cleaned regularly.

Monitoring will be carried out with the relevant documents listed below: 

Documents relating to Condition A17 & B4 – External Walls and Cladding 

Please click here for the Letter re Facades and Cladding. 

Documents relating to Condition B13 – Construction Impact Assessment and Management Plan 

Please click here for the Construction Impact Assessment and Management Plan. 

Documents relating to Condition C1 – Notice of Commencement 

Please click here for the Notice of commencement. 

Documents relating to Condition C4 – Protection of Public Infrastructure 

Please click here for the Dilapidation Report. 

Please click here for the Memorandum from the Sydney Water Building Over Asset (BOA) Application. 

Please click here for the Report from the Sydney Water Building Over Asset (BOA) Application. 

Please click here for the Technical Guidelines from the Sydney Water Building Over Asset (BOA) Application. 

Documents relating to Conditions C6 & C7 – Community Communications Strategy 

Please click here for the Community Communications Strategy. 

Please click here for the DPIE approval letter.

Documents relating to Condition C8 – Rainwater Harvesting 

Please click here for the Rainwater Re-Use Plan. 

Documents relating to Conditions C5, C11, C12, C13, C14, C15, C16 & C17 – Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) & Sub-Plans 

Please click here for the Construction Environmental Management Plan. 

Please click here for the Construction Traffic and Pedestrian Management Sub-Plan. 

Please click here for the Construction Noise and Vibration Management Sub-Plan. 

Please click here for the Construction Waste Management Sub-Plan. 

Please click here for the Construction Soil and Water Management Sub-Plan. 

Please click here for the Flood Emergency Response Sub-Plan. 

Please click here for the Unexpected Finds Protocol for contamination, Unexpected Finds Protocol for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage, Waste Classification and Validation. 

Documents relating to Conditions C25, C26, C27 & C28 – Compliance Reporting

Please click here for the Pre-Construction Compliance Report

Please click here for the Construction Compliance Report 01

Please click here for the Construction Compliance Report 02

Documents relating to Condition D31, D32, D33, D34, D35 & D36 – Independent Environmental Audit

Please click here for the Independent Audit Program.

Please click here for the DPIE Approval of Independent Auditor.

Please click here for the Independent Environmental Audit Report 01 

Please click here for the Response to Environmental Audit Report 01 

Please click here for the Independent Environmental Audit Report 02

Please click here for the Response to Environmental Audit Report 02