Purruna Spencer Newton Centre, Scotch College
- Scotch College Adelaide
- Torrens Park, South Australia
- + 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
+ Outdoor teaching and gathering area
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Purruna Spencer Newton Centre is the largest building project in Scotch College’s hundred-year history, located at the College’s Torrens Park Campus on the site of the former gym and pool that were deemed no longer fit for purpose.
Hames Sharley, in conjunction with Scotch College, developed a very strong vision for the Centre – aspiring to ‘replace the old with the bold’ and seizing the opportunity to make a real connection between students, families and the broader community through the platform of wellbeing.
The new facilities will provide the infrastructure for the College to deliver its ‘Live Well’ program, through Physical Education, Nutrition & Food Technology, Service Learning, Sustainable Living, Global Responsibilities, and Wellbeing & Values Education courses. The centre will be accessible to students and members of the community, who may access the facilities after hours.
The Wellbeing & Sports Centre has been designed on the principle of surpassing ‘sustainable design’ in favour of ‘regenerative design’ thinking. It puts the connection to nature, equity and the need for a building to be loved on even footing with the typical water, energy and materials concerns. The project restored the site, improved habitat, encourages active transport and EV, reduced embodied and operational carbon, minimised water use, improved indoor air quality, and used biophilic design to improve wellbeing.
The centre utilises renewable energy, such as roof-top solar power PV panels, solar-powered heating and cooling systems, and passive solar design. Water waste is minimised, through a pool filtration system, air-based mechanical cooling systems, and rainwater collection for reuse.