DAP approves Sacred Heart College’s $6m technology centre

DAP approves Sacred Heart College’s $6m technology centre

A SORRENTO school has received planning approval to rebuild its technology centre.

The Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel conditionally approved plans for a $6.2 million centre at Sacred Heart College on March 9.

The development will include demolishing the existing arts and technology building and constructing three buildings on the north eastern corners of the school.

At the DAP meeting in Joondalup, panel members discussed concerns raised during public consultation, including the building heights and preference for trees that would not grow taller than those buildings.

An artist’s impression of the technologies centre on Hocking Parade.

Councillor Suzanne Thompson, who declared an impartiality interest because she knew a nearby resident, said neighbours did not want trees taller than the roof heights because they could “obstruct the view”.

One of the conditions required the applicant, Allerding and Associates, to submit a detailed landscaping plan that included bottle brush trees or a similar species in the road verge on Hocking Parade.

In response to feedback from the design review panel, the applicant revised plans to include windows and metal art panels on the eastern facade.

An artist’s impression of the eastern facade, which will have windows and metal art panels.

A City of Joondalup report said the development would not result in any increase to student numbers, although it would increase the number of classrooms by one to 76 across the 7.9ha site.

The report said the City received 21 submissions during public consultation, including three objections, one non-objection and 17 supporting the development, mainly from school staff and parents.

Despite concerns about the building height, the report said the level difference of the buildings to Hocking Parade, pitched roof and building design by Parry and Rosenthal Architects would still provide view corridors to the west for homes across the road.

The site location for the proposed technologies centre on Hocking Parade.