Renewal Project: first stage commences MarchPhilippa Lowe
The Renewal Project, the most ambitious development in Trinity’s history, is underway.
Part of the eternal quest to deliver the best education for students, the latest modernisation will involve demolition of much of the 1982 building known as “New School”.
To ensure Trinity carries on with “business as usual”, work will be carried out in stages. The centrepiece of the project – a new five-storey building in the heart of the Summer Hill campus – won’t start for some time. The very first thing to happen will be the demolition of four houses owned by the School in Seaview St. They will make way for a new maintenance and grounds facilities centre, taking these activities away from the middle of the School to the periphery, as well as a new Junior School play area.
The second task will be to replace the synthetic turf on No 2 Oval, a five-week project which will be completed early in term two.
Then a much bigger task will get underway – the excavation of No 3 Oval for an additional car park, which will be connected to the existing car park under No 2 Oval. The main benefit will be to increase the length of queuing and “kiss and drop” zones, reducing the impact of School traffic on the local area.
This project will affect sports including football, cricket nets and PDHPE activities. It will also put the staff car park out of action for the remainder of the year, prompting a number of initiatives to counteract it. These include increasing bicycle parking on site, creating cycling communities, car pooling, incentivising staff to use public transport, providing shuttle services from Ashfield and Summer Hill train stations, implementing a remote working programme for support staff, and encouraging staff travel outside peak hours where possible.
Head Master Tim Bowden said: “The School has been planning for the Renewal Project since 2019, and hundreds of hours of work have been going on in the background, so we are delighted to get underway.”
Information about The Renewal Project can be found on our website here and there will be regular updates regarding the progress of the work.
*images used are artist’s impressions.