St John’s Primary School – Minor Building Works & Landscape Redevelopment 

Adaptation of existing rooms into a multipurpose room and a library, plus a redesign of the exterior play space and landscape.

ThomsonAdsett’s architectural improvement works and landscape design for St John’s Primary School focuses on refreshing and modernising the campus into a vibrant and caring environment. We identified and designed strategic upgrades throughout the school to improve access and functionality.

The architectural portion includes the adaptation of existing rooms into a multi-purpose room and a library. Through a nature-inspired colour palette, the design activates these spaces and provides calm teaching environments for both students and educators. The staff room and break-out space reconfiguration achieved a refresh to the existing space, and the design has also included an outdoor break-out space with wooden seating and feature perforated screens. This provides a secluded outdoor space for the staff to enjoy during their breaks and provides a new ‘face’ the school along the busy main road frontage.

The project also captures the opportunity to redesign the exterior play space and landscape of St John’s Primary School in conjunction with Millar Merrigan. The scope includes the new sport court, the turf open space, the piazza learning space, and the amphitheatre. With the use of colour rubber flooring, wooden decking, patterned walkway and landscape features, the entire journey of walking throughout the campus from different access points is designed to be an experience. The piazza and the amphitheatre create a vibrant environment for students to sit, occupy and learn, and creates a zone for passive play that is separated from the active play court and playground. The piazza also supports the ongoing community access activity within the hall to the south with better definition and access achieved to the hall itself.


Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS)


Mitcham, Victoria, Australia



Interior Design


Completed 2021


$1.6 million