Arden Anglican School’s proposed front of the development from Essex Street, Epping.
Arden Anglican School is planning an exciting redevelopment of its Epping campus, in line with its stated aim of providing exceptional facilities and expanded learning opportunities for its students.
“As part of Arden’s 2020 Vision, the school is investing in new world-class facilities at our existing Epping site,” says Arden’s principal, Graham Anderson. “Our aim is to provide the best facilities possible for current and future generations of Arden learners. This reflects Arden’s commitment to optimising our built environment, creating attractive, inspiring, flexible learning spaces, reflective of our learning culture.”
The Arden School Council agreed to adopt a staged approach to the development of the Epping site, with Stage 1 due for completion in 2020. Arden has submitted a Stage 1 Master Plan Development Application for the new Epping Campus building to Parramatta Council. Construction is planned for the second half of 2018, with Stage 1 completed for 2020. During construction, Arden has secured additional overflow space at Cambridge Business Park to minimise the effects on students.
“We want to create a physical environment that is fluid and flexible, and one that allows us to be more of who we already are: committed to genuine relationships and engagement between students, teachers and parents,” says Graham. “The school sees this as a genuine opportunity to rethink and reimagine the educational possibilities that a new development of our Secondary School can achieve, building on existing educational practices and values, while allowing for the development of an exciting new 21st century learning environment.”
Arden has appointed one of Sydney’s top school architects, Stanton Dahl Architects, to partner with the school in realising its vision. “This is a richly rewarding project that will deliver a contemporary and innovative 21st century learning environment that matches Arden’s identity and community values within the confines of some significant development constraints,” says Shayne Evans, practice manager and senior architect at Stanton Dahl.
Graham listed the educational outcomes the new build will achieve:
Key features of the redevelopment include:
Briefing meetings have recently been held with staff, students, parents and neighbours to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to hear about these exciting developments, reflecting Arden’s commitment to the community.
Arden is a vibrant, Christian-based school providing a positive learning and caring environment that inspires girls and boys to thrive. […]