The end of a year and start of a new one. Time for reflection and time to plan ahead. The year 2013 has been one of great change and challenge. Moving the office was a major change, however one in which we have no regrets. The new place is serene and spacious.
The challenges have mainly centred around a change in allocation of education funding. Our government has tightened its belt and our private clients are taking a very reserved approach. Meanwhile student keep learning and school facilities require maintenance and renewal.
It is hoped 2014 is a year of clarity and prosperity.
From a practice point of view, we have had some staff changes, developed our work practices and processes and are encouraged by some praise along the way.
At the recent Cefpi Awards for educational facilities we were awarded "Best New School", for Horsham Special School and commendations for Mentone Grammar Year 9 Campus (Greenways) and another award for the Landscaping/Outdoor Learning Areas for this project.
Other projects include:
Most recently we have completed construction at:
Under construction, due to be completed this year include:
And finally, projects on which our practice is working at present, either in Design, Documentation or Tender:
Lastly we still take pleasure in alternative challenges. Recently, that has meant publishing another book for Cefpi, Places for Learning which is its 5th edition. Next year we are looking for a new challenge. Not sure what this may entail but would like it if it involved overseas travel!