Exploring new boundaries of Sustainability

Trinity Beach State School – Senior Learning Centre




QMBA FNQ Regional Award – Project of the Year Winner
FNQ Regional Award 2017 – Education Facilities up to $10 million.

The Trinity Beach State School Senior Learning Centre represents a state of the art learning facility delivered to meet the demands of Cairns’ growing Northern Beaches community. JMc Architects was engaged by the Department of Education to manage both design and contract documentation in association with building contractors Field Construct.

A model for future Department of Education facilities, the building comprises 12 general learning areas, four practical learning areas, a professional learning centre, staff room and outdoor learning areas.

A carefully detailed landscaped external courtyard joins the old to the new. The modern building utilises passive cooling design principles to ensure covered outdoor learning areas are comfortable for students and teachers at all times of the school day. Bespoke metal folded shading devices and vertical perforated screens provide shade, security and articulate the facades.

The project was delivered over 35 weeks on a compressed timeframe to meet the client’s critical objective of opening the facility for the beginning of the 2017 school year.

Photography: Andrew Watson