In what will be our third building project with Toowoomba Grammar School, we are excited to be working on the reconfiguration and refurbishment plans for their Barbour building.
The ageing building will be modernised and opened up to create collaborative, flexible learning spaces supportive of contemporary teaching and learning.
While the existing building is subdivided by brick walls, creating dark, disconnected spaces, the new layout will encourage collaboration between classes, and will put learning on show to passers by. Glass partitions and retractable glass walls will allow easy access between spaces, and the flexibility for students to “break out” into surrounding rooms while maintaining oversight by teaching staff.
Existing windows and sun screening will be removed and replaced, using higher-performance glass, to increase sightlines to outside, and improve natural daylight levels within the building.
The acoustic performance of learning and common areas will also be improved with acoustic ceiling and wall linings, and new carpet throughout.
The Barbour refurbishment works are currently underway, with completion due in early 2022, ready for the 2022 school year.