Catherine Booth College

Ringwood VIC Australia
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SJB was approached to transform the former Southwood Boys Grammar and grounds into Catherine Booth College: the new Salvation Army training college that houses and educates their cadets. 

Located on Maidstone Street, Ringwood, the site features a refurbished training facility and two accommodation buildings. Built around the existing trees, surrounding bushland and protected native vegetation, the accommodation comprises one block of larger townhouses for cadets with families and another with one bedroom and combinable apartments. The use of movable wall panels to create interconnecting apartments provides the flexibility required to meet the changing needs of the various residents.

Study at the College is characterised by introspection, contemplation and communication with others and with nature. These characteristics informed the architectural concept and are evinced by the reclaimed green space at the heart of the project.

Snapshot

Landscape Architect
Tract Consultants 

Status
Completed 2014

Client 
The Salvation Army

Site area
7250sqm

Dwellings
40 apartments, 12 townhouses 

Awards
2015 UDIA Victoria Awards for Excellence
Special Purpose Living
Consultant of the Year 

Shortlisted
2015 Victorian Architecture Award
Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing 

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