The Cherrell Hirst Creative Learning Centre forms part of the Brisbane Girls' Grammar School. The school’s master plan, recognises that creative arts will play an important role in the current and future curriculum of the school.
Aurecon provided the structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, hydraulics and lift engineering services for the learning centre. Aurecon faced challenges including demanding site constraints, coordination across all disciplines, and integration with the existing infrastructure.
Key engineering features included:
Signature, four-storey, 'K'-shaped concrete columns on the building's east side
Extensive use of off-form concrete and galvanised steelwork
Innovative, continuous zigzag lighting to classrooms and dimmed lighting
Theatrical lighting and sound reinforcement systems for band, choir and strings rooms for student productions
Central circulation space and expressive lighting to highlight the building’s form
The choice of natural ventilation, overhead fan or air conditioning for each classroom
Extensive use of economical, fabric ductwork providing architectural creativity, draft-free air distribution and acoustic control
Direct digital control system with air conditioning economy features such as CO2 controls, site-wide shut down times, economy cycle and lighting control
Provisions for a future rainwater harvesting system
Efficient solar/gas hot water systems.
The new facility provides a flexible learning environment for the creative arts, including music, dance, drama and visual arts.