Radford College Master Plan

Growing Places

Bruce, Canberra ACT
Radford College
Master Plan, Education, Urban Design

Radford College, with over 2000 students from kindergarten to year 1, is one of Australia’s leading co-educational school. Since it was founded in 1983, it has undertaken a continuing programme of development across its north Canberra campus, and our masterplan of 2017 set out ideas for its growth over the next decade.  Stewart Architecture has cultivated a remarkable partnership with the school and its community, as we remain steadfast in our commitment to forging a progressive and welcoming campus.

The campus master plan provided a framework to guide new investment and growth within the campus. New facilities complement and enhance the existing in a manner that creates an attractive and safe place for students, meets the needs of students and staff and ensures the facilities support modern teaching and learning practices, whilst guiding the layout of new infrastructure to better connect and organise the campus.

Radford College is nestled into the slope of a north facing slope in the suburb of Bruce, ACT. The 46 acre campus is exemplifies Canberra’s bush setting, peppered with gum trees and native scrub. A key challenge of the master plan was in creating improved walkability through the site and mitigating level changes with ease. The plan utilizes built form to frame courtyards and spaces between buildings creating purposeful and protected outdoor rooms.

Over the past six years, Stewart Architecture has worked closely with the Radford College team and school community to implement a range of projects including 3 new school buildings and new lecture theatre. Stewart Architecture is currently assisting the school with the creation of a new sports precinct adjacent to the ovals. The sports facilities include professional grade Cricket Centre, Multi-function Hall and the expansion of the existing Wigg Sports Centre.