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Hames Sharley is proud to partner with Scotch College, Moto Projects and the consultant team on its new $26 million Wellbeing and Sports Centre. The team developed a very strong vision for the Centre – this isn’t simply a building but a place that will make a real connection between students, families and the broader community on a platform of wellbeing.

Wellbeing is an important concept here, encompassing physical, emotional and mental health. Physical Education, Nutrition and Food Technology, Service Learning, Sustainable Living, Global Responsibilities and Wellbeing & Values Education are among the core programs the Centre will house.

The proposed Centre is the largest building project in the College’s history and coincides with its 100th Anniversary. Subject to planning consent, construction is due to begin early next year for estimated completion in early 2022.

The Centre will be built on the site of the College’s existing swimming pool and gym complex, which are no longer fit for purpose. Interfacing with the College’s Agricultural Sciences precinct, the Centre will include:

  • A 25 metre swimming pool and separate beginners pool;
  • Two indoor multi-purpose courts;
  • Flexible classroom and collaboration spaces that can be used for a range of physical, wellbeing and spiritual activities including meditation, yoga, mindfulness, reflection, teaching and dance;
  • A collaborative workspace for pastoral care leaders and allied health professionals to support the school community;
  • Modular contemporary student spaces, teacher facilities and offices; and
  • An outdoor teaching and gathering area.



True to our Vision, Hames Sharley’s design aspirations will enable the Scotch College community to flourish.

This is supported by Hames Sharley’s aim to achieve a global Living Building Challenge (LBC) rating on this project, which would be a first for Australia. The focus of the LBC is for buildings to be regenerative rather than to just reduce negative impact. This approach complements the school’s views on wellbeing and global responsibility.

“This facility symbolises and enhances what makes Scotch College one of the most distinctive and high achieving schools in South Australia” says its Principal, Dr. John Newton. “Schools must play a key part in preparing students to flourish in an increasingly challenging, complex and unpredictable world.”