PROJECTS – EDUCATION
Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe
|Type of Contract||Design and Construct Lump Sum|
|Client||Department of Finance|
Tranby College as a training college for indigenous students is the result of a bequest in 1957 being made of the property to be used for this purpose. It has offered a range of trades skill courses and tertiary preparation to thousands of students over its years of operation.
The scope of works Bermagui undertook involved the construction of a new two storey teaching wing and upgrading the existing heritage listed facilities with alterations and conservation work.
The building works completed by Bermagui are in harmony with the surrounding architectural heritage listed environment and being culturally appropriate they express the spirit of indigenous pride and reflect the indigenous values of self determination.
The development is a cluster of two and three storey circular pavilions made up of split face blocks topped with copper domed roofs and linked by meandering balconies and pathways around a sinuous central court. The circular geometry was inspired by the Aboriginal tradition of the learning circle where students and elders sit facing each other.
The result is a unique community educational centre, a meeting place for diverse community and social justice groups and a place of welcome for visiting international indigenous delegates.