Catherine Booth College

Ringwood VIC Australia
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SJB was approached to transform the former Southwood Boys Grammar and grounds into Catherine Booth College - the new Salvation Army training college that houses and educates their cadets.

SJB developed an integrated education/accommodation design concept that met the needs of the Salvation Army’s cadets, whilst seamlessly integrating the site into the surrounding residential area.

Located on Maidstone Street, Ringwood, the site features a refurbished training facility and two accommodation buildings. Built around the existing trees, surrounding bushland and protected native vegetation, the accommodation comprises one block of larger townhouses for cadets with families and another with one bedroom and combinable apartments. The use of movable wall panels to create interconnecting apartments provides the flexibility required to meet the changing needs of the various residents.

Study at the College is characterised by introspection, contemplation and communication with others and with nature. These characteristics informed the architectural concept and are evinced by the reclaimed green space at the heart of the project.

Snapshot

Client 
The Salvation Army

Collaborator
Tract Consultants

Awards
2015 UDIA Victoria Awards for Excellence, Special Purpose Living, Consultant of the Year 

Shortlisted
2015 Victorian Architecture Award
Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing 

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