Plans for a $27.3 million, three-storey preparatory school at Christ Church Grammar School in Claremont have received provisional approval.
The metropolitan west development assessment panel this week approved the proposed expansion of the school, as well as additional car parking, pending a State Administrative Tribunal hearing on its traffic management plan.
The site for the development will be situated along the western edge of the CCGS junior oval within the confines of the current tennis court.
Demolition of some existing preparatory school buildings will take place as part of the project scope in order to enable space for the new building, additional parking and drop-off facilities.
The new LW Parry Preparatory School will provide a learning environment for boys from pre-kindergarten to year six, consolidating all of the current functions into a single building.
This will include general learning classrooms, specialty teaching spaces, staff facilities, as well as administration services.
The new preparatory school will be a modern take on an educational facility.
Accommodation for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten boys is part of the current preparatory school, and the new development is expected to eventually increase the junior student population from 500 to 600 boys.
A traffic management and transport plan drafted by the school has proposed a target for reduction in private car trips from 57.8 per cent of all pick-up/drop-offs to 48 per cent by 2019 and 35 per cent in 2024. If this is achieved, an overall decrease in vehicle traffic around the school is expected.
Western Australia-based contemporary design studio Donaldson and Warn has been engaged as the lead consultant for the project.