The award-winning four level MLC Senior School Centre opened for students at the beginning of 2019. The Senior Centre is an exciting place to learn and inspires teachers and students alike to take a fresh approach to traditional classroom learning.
The Architects of MLC School's Senior Centre, BVN, were awarded the prestigious William E Kemp Award for Educational Architecture at the NSW Architecture Awards on 3 July 2020 for their work on this incredible building.
The builders of MLC School's Senior Centre, Lipman Pty Ltd, also won a major construction award in the 2018 Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards, announced in November 2019. The judges praised the building by saying 'this project is a state-of-the-art building that has truly set the bar for all private school developments in the future as it has created a collaborative and interactive learning space for all.'
An abundance of natural light strengthens the connection between indoors and out. Glass panels on the rooftop provide light to the atrium, which is at the heart of the building. The auditorium below, seats approximately 200 people and features acoustic panelling for sound absorption.
Mixing concrete, timber and glass, the new Senior Centre has a robust, industrial feel. Overall, the building houses 21 state-of-the-art classrooms, eight science laboratories with extra preparation areas, three seminar rooms, 10 meeting/tutorial rooms, eight designated collaboration spaces, three multipurpose studios, an IT genius bar, four staff rooms and an outdoor garden terrace on the third level.
Additionally, the building was designed for maximum energy efficiency, including a fully integrated building management system. This system incorporates a weather station which automatically prompts the windows to manage the building's temperature. The external shading louvre system is also supplemented with energy efficient glazing.
The completion of the building saw the demolition of several existing buildings which were replaced with landscaping and lawns for our girls to enjoy throughout the day.
The Meryl Hilda Wright (1927) Food Technology Kitchens 2023 Renovation
The School completed a significant upgrade of the teaching kitchens in 2023, delivering state-of-the-art equipment and spaces. This was made possible due to the generosity of a benefactor.
The new kitchen stands in the original Wade House which was opened in 1961 and named for the Headmistress Dr Gladys Wade (Headmistress from 1941-1959). There has always been a cooking space where the kitchens are now but the original plans for this space had three rooms designated within today's kitchen spaces. These were used for dressmaking, cookery and as a staff room.
Due to the generosity of a benefactor, the kitchens have been named after Meryl Hilda Wright who spent her entire school life at MLC School; from the age of six in 1916 through to the Leaving Certificate in 1927.
How lucky the next generation of MLC School girls are to receive such a magnificent space in which to construct their culinary masterpieces.