Expansion plan revealed for growing Coast school
A 550-seat performing arts centre with state-of-the-art music and dance facilities, playing fields and extra carparking will form part of an expansion at a growing Sunshine Coast school.
After a $25 million capital works spend in recent years, St Andrew's Anglican College is now focused on delivering further works at the Peregian Springs campus.
The school has a five-year master plan to also invest heavily in additional student amenities at its world class aquatic centre.
Further works include a larger, flexible playing space with synthetic turf playing fields for primary students and extra carparking.
College principal Reverend Chris Ivey said the aim is to have the performing arts project up and running by 2025.
"This is a much-anticipated project as we know our current facilities are already too small for our growing music and performing arts programs," Mr Ivey said.
The finished package will boast state-of-the-art music and dance facilities, a drama studio and support rooms for students and the wider community to enjoy.
St Andrew's ambitious building program to date includes the learning hub completed in 2016 and the aquatic complex in 2019.
Mr Ivey said the college will be removing the trees from the approved performing centre site next to the pool complex.
"This site is already marked on our approved master plan, however we recognise the impact this will have on the look and feel of our college when it happens," Mr Ivey said.
"We have prepared for this eventuality by planting over 100 new trees across the campus over the past five years."
Mr Ivey said the College already has a protected nature habitat on the eastern boundary to allow for the natural growth and generation of native species.
As well flora and fauna studies will be undertaken prior to any work and the relocation of wildlife will be managed as needed.
Changes to the Sunshine Coast Council planning scheme mean the college will undertake a comprehensive review of the planning framework for the site.
Mr Ivey said a possible application to replace the current college master plan may be lodged within the next year.
"The college council, building committee and executive team have spent about 12 months in the planning phase to ensure we can achieve our strategic outcomes," he said.