St Margaret's College Winchester Precinct
St Margaret’s College Winchester Precinct—Stage 3 represents a major completion of the campus buildings after the Christchurch earthquakes. With 80% of the campus buildings deemed unsafe after September 2010 work began to repair and rebuild to restore the teaching and administrationspaces.
The concept design for the Winchester Precinct was developed around the following drivers; creating a prominent and active front door along Winchester Street, framing the new College Courtyard, efficiently combining modern learning spaces in a single flexible structure and consolidating car parking to the south of campus & increasing student outdoor space. The design takes cues from the recently completed gym/chapel and library buildings to create a visually connected campus; but also works to develop softer and more active edges to help express the vibrancy of theCollege.
These drivers have resulted in two new buildings linked by a bridge at Level 1 framing the entry to the ‘College Courtyard’. The North Block is a two storey precast concrete and steel structure, clad in profiled metal, flat lock zinc and cedar, and houses Dance & Drama, administration, preschool, cafe and shop. The North Block acts as the public face of the campus with the shop and café providing an active edge and the dance studio above giving life and identity to the college during all hours of theday.
The South Block is a three storey concrete floor slab and steel perimeter structure clad in European and standing seam zinc cladding, and houses general classroom facilities on the lower levels with science labs on Level 2. At Ground Level, where appropriate, spaces spill out onto outdoor spaces allowing teaching to expand beyond the classroom while at upper levels, glimpses are allowed within and along circulation spaces to express the activity occurringwithin.