The project team has consulted with school communities and neighbours and listened to community feedback.
The revised masterplan has taken into account stakeholder feedback, topography of the land, heritage constraints, staging efficiencies, and school operational requirements.
As with all major school infrastructure projects, the department is required to deliver the best educational facilities and outcomes for the investment.
How has the design changed?
The revised masterplan will continue to deliver the necessary teaching and outdoor space for 3,200 high school and primary school students without compromising educational outcomes or school operations.
The revised masterplan retains Chatswood Primary School on the Pacific Highway site and Chatswood High School on the Centennial Avenue site, removing the split between the high school years.
Will there be any further design changes?
The project team are preparing the State Significant Development application for lodgement based on the revised masterplan. The revised masterplan more effectively reflects the project scope, staging, stakeholder feedback and school operational requirements. There is no intention to refine the scope further.
How will the new design impact school operations, project staging and delivery?
The revised masterplan will have less impact to the school operations. The design solution better utilises the existing facilities during construction by providing a more coherent staging plan. Furthermore, it minimises the disruption to students and staff by enabling continuity of learning spaces.
The designed capacities and enrolment growth of both schools means the IEC is still required to relocate from Chatswood High School to St Ives High School.
Will the department share the designs of the Chatswood Education Precinct?
The Department of Education will be lodging the State Significant Development Application in late 2019 with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPI&E) and will be on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days. Community members will be notified when these plans are available for viewing. The submission will include all relevant plans, architectural drawings, diagrams and relevant documentation.
Have teachers and students been involved in the design process?
Yes. Teachers and students were consulted in user-group sessions for the early stage designs. Further consultation sessions will be held to inform the detailed design.
What consultation will take place in the detailed design phase?
The project team will consult with the Project Reference Group (PRG), School Executive and staff in design user group sessions to understand the operational requirements and use of space in and around each building.
The school community will be kept informed as detailed design progresses.
What will the new classrooms look like?
More information will be available as we progress.
How will you manage the school operations and curriculum during construction?
The Department of Education is working closely with the School Executives, heads of department and staff to ensure school operations continue throughout the upgrade with minimal disruption to students and staff. Consultation with the teachers and staff has informed space needs and the planning for a staged construction program across both of the school sites.
Will the high school and primary school music programs continue during the construction phase?
Yes. Both the high school and primary school music program will continue.
Will the extra curriculum morning and afternoon music program continue during the construction phase?
Yes. The extra curriculum morning and afternoon programs will continue.
Are there plans in place to ensure suitable facilities are available for music rehearsals and instrument storage during construction?
Yes. Both the High School and Primary School have an outstanding reputation for their music and performing arts programs. The Department of Education has recognised the importance of the music programs and the role of the existing High School hall and annex in supporting the continuation of these programs.
The existing High School hall and annex will be retained during the staged project delivery. They are currently being assessed to determine the long term structural viability of both structures.
The Public School will continue to have exclusive use of their existing hall and facilities, with no demolition expected to occur until construction of the new Public School buildings is complete.
Will student performances continue during construction?
Yes. The staff are committed to ensuring the continuation of student performances during construction.
What space is available for performing arts in the design of the new High School?
A key theme from the community consultation was the requirement for adequate performing arts facilities.
The Chatswood Education Precinct will deliver a (new) free standing hall and fixed stage.
Will music and performing arts be taught in open learning spaces?
The Chatswood Education Precinct will continue to prepare students across all curriculum areas with the skills and capabilities they need to successfully complete their education. Open learning spaces encourage collaboration between students and teachers and are appropriate for some classes. The Department of Education recognises that these spaces are not a ‘one size fits all’ approach with some subjects, including music, requiring specialist facilities that can be closed-off for sound management. Further information about the subjects taught in these spaces will be developed during the next phase of the project.
Will the High School annex be retained?
The High School annex will be retained to provide teaching and learning support during construction. The long term viability of this structure is currently being assessed.
Will the High School hall be retained?
The High School hall will be retained during construction. The long term structural viability of this building is currently being assessed.
Will the halls on both campuses be able to accommodate whole school events?
The revised masterplan includes the provision for two halls: one on the Public School site and one on the High School site. The existing High School hall is also being retained during construction and the long term viability of this structure is currently being assessed.
All halls have been designed as per the Department of Education’s design standards and will not be able to accommodate all school events.
Why is the Public School hall only one storey high?
The Precinct design will continue to be refined following further consultation with the school executive and stakeholder feedback.
The new hall is proposed as a single storey, double height building for the most efficient construction solution and to allow for safe and secure shared use outside of school hours.
Construction in and over the Lowers provides the best use of available land to maximise the building height and deliver the required teaching spaces.
Further updates will be shared with the community as the design progresses.
If the Public School multi-purpose hall is to be used for both indoor sports and performing arts, how will this accommodate student and staff demand?
The use of this multi-purpose hall will be directed by the School Executives and staff at the Public School to ensure both sports and performing arts are accommodated. This will occur in much the same way as it does now.
Will the Bush Campus demountables remain in place?
The department will retain the Bush Campus demountables in the short term to ease the public school enrolment pressure. In the long term, they will be removed to create additional open play space for high school students.
Will the new schools deliver an increase in active open play space at both sites?
Yes. A key feature of the Chatswood Education Precinct is the improved facilities and quality play space for all students. The new facilities will deliver an increase in the primary and high school quality active play space compared to current conditions.
Students at both sites will be allocated a new indoor sports facility, accessible games courts and recreational areas.
What active play space will be available for Public School students?
The revised masterplan maximises the quality of landscaped, active outdoor space for Public School students. Students will benefit from a purpose-built Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA), multi-use sports court, rooftop play area and large central courtyard.
Why are you lodging a CDC separately for Building R?
While the project team progresses the State Significant Development (SSD) Application, a Complying Development Certificate will be obtained through a Certifying Authority to commence construction of Building R, separate to the works under the SSD application. Building R will accommodate High School students and is situated on the north eastern corner of Chatswood High School. The new building is central to supporting the staging plan and meeting the timeline for delivery. Works carried out as complying development must satisfy all development controls under State legislation and comply with conditions prescribed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. This is the only building to be submitted outside of the SSD Application. Construction on Building R will commence in 2020.
When will you relocate the demountables on the High School site?
Prior to construction commencing, the High School demountable buildings located in the north eastern corner will be relocated to the northern side of the sports field or staff carpark and remain in place until project completion. Staff parking may be reduced and staff are encouraged to use public transport in line with the project’s Green Travel Plan.
Will the Intensive English Centre (IEC) still relocate?
Yes. Despite the revised masterplan retaining the High School and Public School on their respective existing sites, the designed capacities and enrolment growth of both schools means the Intensive English Centre (IEC) is still required to relocate from Chatswood High School. The IEC will relocate to St Ives High School for a Day 1, Term 2, 2020 start.
When is the Public School Cottage being demolished?
The department will remove the fire damaged cottage as soon as practicable to create space for use by the Public School until project works commence. The department has started the planning approval process for removal and the timeframe is not yet confirmed.
Has the department considered purchasing 688-692 Pacific Highway?
The department has thoroughly investigated the land and buildings at 688-692 Pacific Highway as part of the planning for the Chatswood Education Precinct. The decision not to purchase the site was informed by a range of factors including project scope and overall site suitability.
The revised masterplan will deliver the best educational outcomes for the state investment and provide a more efficient and effective use of the land available on the Pacific Highway site.
What is the department doing to address the Public School enrolment numbers?
The NSW Government is aware of enrolment pressure at Chatswood Public School, indicating additional primary school capacity may be required in the area. As a result, the NSW Department of Education is in the early stages of investigating potential site options.
The department will continue to monitor population and development trends so that it can plan to meet enrolment needs across NSW schools, including Chatswood Public School. The department will ensure the community is informed of progress.
The Public School Executive team has the option to retain the Bush Campus demountables in the short term to ease the Public School enrolment pressure.
Where will the Uniform Shop and Canteens be located?
Separate canteens will be provided for each school and school operations will determine the use and allocation of suitable space for the uniform shops. These discussions are underway and will continue.
Will the Out of School Hours (OOSH) care facility continue throughout the construction phase and once the development is complete?
Yes. The OOSH program will continue during and post construction.
Where will the Out of School Hours (OOSH) care facility for primary school students be located?
The Out of School Hours (OOSH) care facility will be housed in the existing Public School hall during construction. Once construction is complete, the primary school OOSH program will be accommodated in the new hall facilities onsite.
Where is the delivery access and Special Education Unit drop off areas for the Pacific Highway site?
The project team are working to finalise access to and from the site.
The Special Education Unit drop off will be from the Jenkins Street carpark with accessible paths of travel provided throughout the school.
Delivery access will be from Centennial Avenue.
What is the timeframe for construction?
The department is committed to completing the Precinct as previously communicated at the end of 2023, pending approvals. Construction of the new buildings will be staggered and more detail shared as the design progresses. Construction will commence as follows:
Mid 2020 – Building R (High School)
Early 2021 – P1 and P2 (Public School)
Late 2021 – Hall and new Building Q (High School)
Where will the demountables be placed during construction on the Pacific Highway site?
The revised masterplan delivers a more cohesive staging plan with minimal impact on school operations at both sites.
The project team are continuing to explore possible demountable locations on the Pacific Highway site to provide students with maximum active outdoor space during construction.
These locations will be confirmed after appointment of the contractor.
How will the department accommodate all students and staff during the build without taking them offsite?
The project team are working through available options to carefully consider a staged delivery approach. Although there will be increased temporary facilities and reduced open play space during the staged delivery, student and staff safety and continuity of learning and teaching, is paramount. Details of how the new facilities will be constructed while accommodating all students and staff on site will become clearer following the State Significant Development application lodgement. The project team meets regularly with the School Executives and Directors for their close input into this process.
The Department is committed to providing a cohesive staging plan with minimal disruption to students and staff. The staging plans include:
The demountables located near the oval will be moved closer to the northern end of the sports field
Selected High School classes will be accommodated in demountables to create space for Building R
The IEC will relocate to St Ives High School at the end of Term 1, 2020
Building R construction will commence on the north east corner of Chatswood High School
Light refurbishment of existing Building K.
High School students will relocate to installed Building R and additional demountable buildings across the site to allow for the construction of Building Q and the new hall
Construction of Building Q and hall to commence.
Construction to commence of Buildings P1 and P2 on the northern side of the Public School
Public School students remain in existing Buildings A, B, C, D and Bush Campus throughout the construction of P1 and P2
Demountable buildings to be relocated as needed for decanting requirements.
Existing hall to be repurposed and refurbished according to school operational requirements
Existing Building M to undergo a light refurbishment
External landscape works completed.
Buildings C and D to be demolished.
Will there be staff parking at both sites?
The department encourages staff and students to make sustainable transport choices by promoting their Green Travel Plan.
Car parking will be retained at the current levels on the High School site and reduced on the Public School site to allow for the provision of additional outdoor play space.
How will on street parking be impacted during construction?
The department understands the need for safe and effective traffic management. We will work to minimise impacts of construction, notify the community of any expected impacts and be available to respond to queries and complaints. A transport and accessibility impact assessment report will be prepared as part of the Chatswood Education Precinct’s SSD application.
How will traffic be managed during the construction phase?
The project team has consulted with Transport for NSW and the Roads and Maritime Services to commence the traffic management plan. We are aware of the existing traffic congestion on Centennial Avenue and surrounding streets during peak times.
A Construction Traffic Management Plan is currently being prepared by the department which will outline measures to be taken during construction to ensure the safety of staff and students. This plan will include, for example, consideration of the current pick-up and drop-off zones, construction vehicle movements, potential amendments to existing street signage and traffic control procedures.
The project team will provide regular newsletter updates on the project during construction phase which will include any specific traffic impacts during construction.
Will there be changes to pick up and drop off zones?
The Department of Education understands the need for safe and consistent pick-up and drop-off zones. As part of the Traffic Management Plan, the location of the current zones will be reviewed. School communities and neighbours will be notified prior to any changes to these zones to allow for alternative arrangements to be made.
What consultation has taken place to date?
Key stakeholders have been involved from the beginning to define the requirements and educational principles that are being incorporated into the overall design.
A project reference group (PRG) was formed with a team of architects, planners, design professionals, school leadership and representatives of the P&C. The PRG meets regularly to define the school requirements and educational principles to incorporate into the overall design.
Teachers and students were consulted in design user-group sessions.
Consultation has been undertaken with the NSW Government Architect’s Office and other government agencies including Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW and Willoughby Council.
The department has been engaging with the Chatswood Intensive English Centre (IEC) school leadership and a staff representative to explore relocation options for the IEC.
School community and resident information sessions have been held to provide updates and gather feedback.
Feedback gained from these engagements has informed the development of the design and the revised masterplan.
How does consultation inform your plans?
Based on questions and feedback, we will continue to:
Consult with school executives teachers about design
Keep the school community informed about plans to address primary school enrolment levels
Keep residents informed as the project plan progresses
Work with stakeholders about the relocation of the Intensive English Centre to St Ives High School
Communicate with stakeholders about how construction will be managed alongside learning environments
Post regular updates to the project page and via school community channels
School Infrastructure NSW is committed to keeping the school community and near neighbours informed about the project through school newsletters, project updates, information sessions and web updates.
Yes. Teachers and students have been consulted in early design user-group sessions. Further consultation sessions will take place during the detailed design stage.
Will the removal of asbestos be required?
The health, safety and well-being of students, staff, contractors and our neighbours is our highest priority. We know asbestos containing material (ACM) is present on the site. All known and suspected asbestos is recorded in the school’s asbestos registers. The removal of asbestos will be completed prior to the commencement of works. The removal of asbestos is managed in accordance with the Department of Education’s Asbestos Management Plan and Safe Work NSW by licensed and accredited asbestos removalists and occupational hygienists. It will be managed in strict accordance with all applicable legislation, regulations, policies and guidelines. Further information will be provided to the local community once timings have been confirmed.
Will trees be removed as part of the upgrade?
The building locations within the Chatswood Education Precinct have been selected to deliver the best educational outcomes, improved outdoor play space and good access for visitors. The project team is aware of the importance of working with the topography of the land and expert reports have identified significant trees to be maintained at both sites. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a requirement for the State Significant Development (SSD) application. The SSD application will be submitted in late 2019 and school communities and neighbours will be notified when the plans are available for viewing.
How will the heritage buildings be refurbished on the Pacific Highway site?
The heritage building will be respectfully maintained across both sites.
Upgrade and/or maintenance of the heritage buildings will be completed by the department’s Asset Management division, in line with maintenance of all NSW school buildings.
Will any heritage buildings be removed?
A Heritage Impact Statement (HIS) and assessment will be undertaken as part of the State Significant Development (SSD) Application, and heritage buildings will be carefully and respectfully maintained across both school sites.