Burnside Learning Community Cluster


Stephenson&Turner was one of three practices selected for the master planning of the initial Learning Community Clusters in Christchurch as part of the MoE’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme.

We were charged with the Burnside Master Planning Cluster. This cluster included Burnside Primary School, Cobham Intermediate, Fendalton Open Air School and Waimari Primary School. Each cluster property plan provided a pre-eminent example of the latest in education design thinking, encompassing teaching and learning environments for the 21st century and incorporating all Modern Learning Environments (MLE) principals. As part of this project we formed a strategic partnership with Julia Atkin, a known independent education and learning consultant and Hayball, a Melbourne-based architecture practice recognised as one of Australia’s leading designers of educational facilities.

The holistic methodology started with a discussion of the education vision, values and practices so both the educational delivery and design of the buildings would be developed together. Work on master planning commenced in July with the Cluster Property Plan final reporting were completed and delivered in November.

Project Team