Hillarys school development wins approval

An artist impression of the new senior academic centre as viewed from the north-east.
An artist impression of the new senior academic centre as viewed from the north-east.

A NEW senior academic centre for St Mark’s Anglican Community School in Hillarys was conditionally approved at a development assessment panel meeting last Thursday.

The proposed $11 million three-storey development will increase the school’s classrooms from 76 to 91 but an approval condition requested the removal of eight recently approved temporary classrooms.

The project includes demolishing an existing single-storey, 11-classroom block with the new building to include 23 classrooms, offices, student services and a school café.

A pedestrian bridge will connect the first floor of the new building to the existing two-storey library and an additional six car bays will be provided.

A Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel meeting document said there was no public consultation because the proposal was considered not to have a “detrimental impact on surrounding developments or the locality”.

It said the application was “generally compliant” with the district structure plan except a car-parking shortfall of one bay (which will no longer exist when the temporary classrooms are removed) and only providing one tree per 4.16 car bays instead of the required one per four bays.

The document said because of the orientation and height of the development, the building would shade the remaining car bays and trees at these bays could affect pedestrian movement.

“The location of the shade trees provided ensures the appearance of the carpark from the internal access road is softened and is considered to be appropriate,” it said.

Joondalup Cr John Chester commended Oakley Architects for ensuring awnings were included on all northern facing windows.

“This is something we have asked for in the past but they have taken the initiative to provide them,” he said.