Exciting Upgrades to College Campus

February 03, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Saint Kentigern constantly strives to provide the best infrastructure and facilities for our students. Over the summer break, work was commenced, and in some cases completed, on a number of new campus developments at the College. An expansive indoor cricket and sports training facility is now in use, meaning teams can train regardless of the weather. Construction is underway on a significant expansion to the Sports Centre, and the Library and Learning Commons are being given an exciting redevelopment. In addition, a reconfiguration of existing buildings has created five new classrooms.

Library Learning Commons
Work is currently underway to redevelop the existing Library and Learning Commons to bring them under one roof, with new, innovative ideas taking shape to make the most of this expanded teaching and learning space. The open air walkway that currently separates the two will be utilised to make a seamless indoor flow, increasing the number of flexible spaces available for individual reading, reflection, collaborative working and group presentations. The new Library Learning Commons (LLC) will feature both indoor and shaded outdoor areas for independent and small group study across all year levels. This project is expected to be completed by the start of Term 2.

Sports Centre
Construction is underway on the expansion to the Sports Centre that will double the size of the number two gymnasium and allow it to be configured into two separate spaces for physical education classes, sports training and matches. Two purpose-built dance studios will be housed on a mezzanine level with cushioned floors to reduce the impact on students’ bodies. This will also be used as an intimate performance space for smaller dance presentations. The strength and conditioning programme will be relocated to a larger studio to allow access for a greater number of students at one time. The 4800 cubic metres of soil being moved to make space for these projects is being relocated to the sports grounds, where it will be added to extend a training pitch into a full-sized playing field. It is expected the extension will be completed in the second half of 2017.

Indoor Cricket Facility
The College cricket players are already enjoying the benefits of the indoor training facility erected next to the rowing sheds. The 50m x 20m building has four full-length pitches, three of which have run-ups for pace bowlers and one for spinners. As well as skylights, the facility can also be fully lit so players can train before sunrise and late into the day. Roller doors at each end provide airflow and the astro-turf floor is cushioned to protect bowlers’ ankles and knees. The nets separating each of the lanes can be retracted to allow the entire space to be used for other sports such as football or as a general training area. It has access to wifi so players can access training apps and watch instructional videos, and it will be equipped with two bowling machines.

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