Cranbrook School Marks Major Milestone in Bellevue Hill Campus Renewal Project
20 Sep 19 by Cranbrook Communications
A major renewal of Cranbrook School’s Bellevue Hill campus has this week passed a critical milestone, with development approval granted from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment.
Cranbrook School Headmaster, Nicholas Sampson, welcomed the approval announcement, saying that this will enable the school to renew its ageing campus infrastructure, some of which was constructed nearly 70 years ago.
“A lot has changed in seven decades in terms of education, construction and technology and this Masterplan development project represents the most significant single renewal of Cranbrook’s historic Senior School campus undertaken since construction 101 years ago,” Mr Sampson said.
“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.”
Funded without Government assistance, this major renewal is possible thanks to the tremendous support given by the Cranbrook community, School Council and the many generous benefactors who have invested in our future vision for Cranbrook school, its current and future students and staff.
“Our teaching staff deliver a world class education, and with the delivery of our Masterplan renewal project they will now be further enabled to do so through access to truly world class facilities,” Mr Sampson said.
“Our Masterplan renewal project will see a host of new, built-for-purpose facilities replace classrooms and facilities which have served us well for over seven decades and have understandably reached the end of their working life.”
Built on the current Bellevue Hill site, the Masterplan development will include a host of new facilities that have not before been part of the Cranbrook campus, including a purpose-built chapel, a dedicated theatre and rehearsal spaces, additional green space and new technology enabled classrooms.
“This project is not carried out with an eye towards expansion, either in terms of our current site or our student numbers, but rather to maximise our current footprint and cater for the educational, sporting and co-curricular needs of Cranbrook students for decades to come,” Mr Sampson said.
The project is currently out to tender, with the first stages of earthworks and construction expected to commence on-site from late 2019.
Mr Sampson said that the School remained committed to working with all members of the School community and surrounding neighbours to ensure that any potential impacts were minimised throughout the construction phase. Onsite parking provisions and pick-up and drop-off facilities have also been incorporated into the plan to ensure minimal impact to local traffic and on-street parking provisions once the project is complete.