Childcare Centre

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Background

RMIT’s existing long stay Childcare Facility in Building 85 will close in August, 2017 at the expiry of the current lease agreement. Building 96 (17-25 Lygon Street, Carlton) was identified to be redeveloped into the RMIT City Campus Childcare Centre.

To reflect the current high demand and lengthy waiting list for this service within the RMIT community, the new Facility will provide an additional 24 places (total 86 places).

Design

In June 2016, RMIT engaged Peddle Thorp Architects (PTA) to progress design options for this long stay Childcare facility.

Building 96 is an existing two-level building. The only part of the existing building that has been retained is the external walls. The design of the new facility incorporates a four-level facility which includes substantial outdoor play spaces on each level. Five internal learning environments are paired with shared amenities making the space both efficient and collaborative. The design incorporates an internal child friendly stair linking all levels with a series of destination play platforms, directly linked to internal learning environments, with light wells above enabling access to natural light.

The interconnecting stair is centrally located in the heart of the space linking the teaching, outdoor play and community spaces.

The design has been developed cognisant of the following relevant legislative, policy and charter frameworks:

  • The National Quality Framework – ACECQA.
  • The Design Guide for Victorian Children's Services from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).
  • Association for Learning Environments Facility Planner.
  • The Good Play Space Guide by Sport & Recreation Victoria.

Landscape and Outdoor Play Spaces

Landscape Architect ASPECT Studios was appointed to design the external play spaces for the project. Their design incorporated the following design principles:

Create a landscape of many stories to promote engagement and connections to play spaces.

Encourage layering of multiple stories; children, educators, ongoing collaborations (artists, craftspeople, storytellers).

Develop a strong relationship to site’s location, celebrating both people and place.

Explore an expanding context; Lygon Street, RMIT City Campus, Carlton and Melbourne CBD, Metropolitan Melbourne.

Create play spaces inspired by natural landscapes to promote nature play.

Structure and thematic of spaces to relate to natural environments found within Melbourne surrounds.

Create a diverse range of play experiences that respond to age and development characteristics.

Project Team

Architect

Peddle Thorp Architect

Services Engineer

Aston Consulting

Structural Engineer

FMG Engineering

Landscape Architect

ASPECT Studios

Town Planner

Urbis

Building Surveyor

PLP

Project Manager

Montlaur

Main Contractor

APM Group

RMIT Program Manager

Jeremy Hearst