Mt Lawley Primary School- Rebuild

Department of Education

92 Second Avenue, Mt Lawley

Badge Construction

Jan 2015

Andrew Pritchard


The Mt Lawley community was devastated in July 2012 when the much loved local primary school was struck by an arson attack.

The new replacement Mt Lawley Primary School has been designed and constructed in an economical and expedient manner ensuring that the displaced school community could return for the commencement of the 2015 school year.

Retention of the original Second Avenue facade was critical to the school’s 100 year old identity, and the Mt Lawley community’s strong sense of place. This was achieved by the incorporation of a significant portion of the salvaged façade and replicating the single storey scale, rhythm of the fenestration and style of the windows, chimneys and gable ends.  Whist the streetscape was retained, the building aesthetic morphs into a two storey contemporary aesthetic along the north facade. 

The incorporation of the new two storey building behind the original single storey facade enabled the new school’s facilities to be accommodated within an efficient footprint, in compliance with the Department of Education primary school brief, which enabled maximum areas for external soft and hard play zones and the retention of significant Jacaranda trees.

Resurrected fascade complete with original signage
Fascade was retained and scorch marks left as reminder of its history
Reception foyer is a light and airy space
Fun breakout spaces for the students
Relaxing retreat for teachers
New learning spaces
Rebuilt library
Internal activity space
View from rear of building showing concealed 2 storeys
Hard courts and playing area for students