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College Master Plan & Building Projects

College Master Plan & Building Projects

Over the past six years, enrolments at the College have more than doubled expediting a bold and exciting Master Plan. The St Patrick’s College Townsville Board of Governance, along with the Principal and College Leadership Team remain committed to respectfully honouring the past and all those who have contributed to the life of our College as the Master Plan unfolds. This visionary plan positions the College to respond to and empower young women to embrace and prepare for their future.

Stage 1 of our College Master Plan was completed in July 2020 and we are anticipating that Stage 2 will be completed by January 2023.

Stage 1: East Precinct Building (Auditorium, Performing Arts and Library)

Architect: M3 Architects

Landscape Architect: Lat27 Architects

Building Company: Hutchinson Builders

Stage 1 was the completion of the $19m East Precinct Project, incorporating a beautiful acoustically engineered auditorium on the ground level, which now allows our community to gather as one. An industry standard Hospitality precinct can be found outside the auditorium allowing for functions to be hosted with style and elegance. The 1st level contains a modern and flexible library and learning spaces providing our community with a peaceful haven for reading and learning along with stunning views across to Magnetic Island. The performing arts precinct on the 2nd level houses instrumental music practice rooms, an acoustically-engineered recording studio, a drama theatre with a bespoke green room and a stunning dance studio.

Not only does this building provide space for our young women to learn, grow and flourish, it also respectfully honours the past and all those who have contributed to the legacy of this beautiful College. In fact, even a quick tour around this building is a visual masterpiece of the Mercy values, tradition, symbols and the legacy of Catherine McAuley. The most visible external feature is the veil which shrouds the building providing a sustainable approach to thermal regulation and protection from the harsh elements. When one takes a closer look, the most delicate of patterns dances across one’s eyes. The Mercy Rose, Mercy Cross and Shamrock are contained within this veil and pay homage to the founding Sisters of Mercy. Every minute detail of this building speaks to quality, to beauty and to the student and teacher learning experience.

   

More images showcasing the East Precinct can be found on our East Precinct tile 

Stage 2A:  Multipurpose Sports Court Facility | 2B- STEM & Innovation Centre with STEAM Courtyard

Architect: M3 Architects

Landscape Architect: Lat27 Architects

Building Company/s: Stage 2A - A. Gabrielli Construction | Stage 2B - To be confirmed

Stage 2 involves the construction of a new multipurpose Sports Court to support the wide variety of health and fitness programs on offer at our College. Upon completion of the new Sports Court, demolition of the existing Sports Court will take place and a new construction zone will be established along the Oxley Street side of the campus.

 

Design Concept Images of the Sports Court

Stage 2B: STEM & Innovation Centre with STEAM Courtyard

We will begin construction of a state-of-the-art STEM and Innovation Building. This exciting project will deliver the much needed facilities and spaces to support our award winning STEM program. With new Marine Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics labs, classrooms, flexible learning areas and an architecturally-designed ‘STEAM’ Courtyard, we will continue to engage and excite young women, igniting a natural curiosity and passion for science in our students, knowing that they are the innovators and inventors of the future. The Academic Teaching Team will also be relocated to this new building to create a dedicated learning hub in the very heart of our College.

We look forward to sharing Design Concept Images with our College Community in November.

Stage 3: The Heritage Convent Restoration

With the enrolment growth and need for additional learning spaces, the College has had to place its immediate focus on building projects that provide additional learning spaces. This has meant that the complete restoration and refurbishment of the St Patrick’s Convent will be undertaken after Stage 2 is completed.

In 2020, the College commissioned Architect, Ivan McDonald to prepare a details Conservation Management Plan to ensure we were able to care for this very special building as we await the opportunity to invest in restoring it to its former beauty. The significance of this building is outlined in the following extract from the 2020 Conservation Management Plan:

“St Patrick’s Convent is the oldest known surviving purpose built convent in Queensland. The convent, home to Townsville Sisters of Mercy from 1183 to 2011, is important in demonstrating the way of life of a religious order that has made a significant contribution to the development of Queensland, particularly in relation to the provision of education and health care.”

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Acknowledgement of Country: We give thanks and respectfully acknowledge the Gurrumbilbarra Wulgurukaba people, the Traditional Custodians of this beautiful country whose land our College shares. We recognise their ongoing deep spiritual connection to this Country, and the care they gave for thousands of years. We also acknowledge the Bindal people as the neighbouring Custodians of their Country. We pay our respects the Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today.