Thomson Rossi were established in 1991 and since our inception, have completed projects ranging from Commercial Buildings and Fitouts, Schools, Housing, University and Medical Facilities, through to more specialised commissions such as Libraries and Justice portfolio works. Design excellence in our mind is created by a process of intensive collaboration with a client and the application of a diverse range of specialised skills. On our part, these skills include fully exploring the client’s functional parameters to ensure each solution performs its intended role within an atmosphere of teamwork.
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Sports Park Multi Campus Special School, 2011
Thomson Rossi are a key team member of the Pinnacle Education consortium currently building the Education Works New Schools Projects PPP, commonly referred to as the ‘Super Schools’. Thomson Rossi are the Architects for the new Sports Park Multi Campus at Gepps Cross and the Regency Park Special School. Sports Park Multi Campus will contain cutting edge facilities and environments that explore the ideal of schools within schools, which essentially creates a campus of sub-schools to reinforce identity and individuality for students. These new learning environments allow middle and senior years students to develop and articulate goals for their future learning and employment pathways. ‘Regency Park’ is a new 80 place Special School designed to accommodate the needs of children with significant physical and intellectual disability. Delivered as part of the State’s Education Works PPP project, the new school takes advantage of adjacency to Ocean View High School to engender social inclusion for these children and hence develop their sense of self as a member of a community.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College
Thomson Rossi completed a Master Plan for this leading Catholic Girls School in 2006, encompassing 600 students from Year 8 to Year 12. The resulting Master Plan identified 3 key stages of redevelopment, with Stage 1 encompassing a new Year 11/12 Centre consisting of 8 new classrooms, new Information Technology & Multimedia/Media Studies Laboratory and a new Home Economics facility. Design work is currently progressing on Stage 2, which will deliver an innovative INTEGRATED LEARNING AREA for all students, promoting a ‘one-stop-shop’ for student counselling, learning support and careers needs.
University of South Australia
In recognition of changing demands, the University’s ‘Blueprint’ capital works program identified the need for a major expansion of the existing Sir Eric Neal Library at Mawson Lakes. Leading an extensive team of specialist sub-consultants, Thomson Rossi explored a new design solution through a detailed investigation of Collections, Planning and Space, and the idea that the Library would become the ‘gateway to the digital age’. The new learning environment therefore, is openly interactive, clearly welcoming, easily orientated and highly flexible with new modes of information gathering and studying. A detailed return brief was developed through our Strategic Library Planners and University library staff. Specialist advice included the accommodation of library collections and information assets, work practices and ergonomics relevant to library tasks and customer service. The completed extension provides over 2,500sqm of new, flexible space within a highly interactive learning environment.