Top marks for Arcadia in the Education sector

28 Oct 2015 | News Stories

Arcadia wins new projects with University of Canberra and St Ignatius;  completes work for Monte Sant’ Angelo and MLC School

Building on their proven experience in the education space, Arcadia Landscape Architecture has recently won significant projects with The University of Canberra and St Ignatius’ College.

Arcadia will be working with architecture firm, The Billard Leece Partnership (BLP), to upgrade Building 7 for the Faculty of Arts and Design at The University of Canberra. The project will include refurbishment and enhancement of the teaching and office spaces, the courtyard teaching spaces and the landscape connections to the campus, as well as an improved arrival and entry experience.

For St Ignatius’ College (Riverview), Arcadia will be working with architects PMDL on a masterplan for the entire senior school campus. The masterplan will provide a framework for the future physical development of the College on the current Lane Cove campus, ensuring the best outcomes for teaching and learning, as well as ongoing support for the Riverview community.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the University of Canberra and St Ignatius’, given our depth of experience in the education sector,” says Alex Longley, principal of Arcadia Landscape Architecture. “We’ve been involved on a range of high-quality education projects recently, with a focus on providing outdoor learning spaces and improved open space amenity for students and the school communities, at schools which include Monte Sant’ Angelo, MLC Burwood and St Ignatius’.”

“With their proven track records for designing and delivering complex and innovative projects, we are looking forward to the opportunity to work with both BLP and PMDL.”

Monte Sant’ Angelo

Arcadia has recently finished the O’Regan Arts and Cultural Common at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College in North Sydney, working with Brewster Hjorth Architects. The project included an upgraded entry to the school, a rooftop green space and landscaped terraces, with incidental seating provided for students through a range of steps and walls.

“We’re really proud of the work that we’ve completed on the O’Regan Arts and Cultural Common at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College,” says Michael Barnett, principal at Arcadia Landscape Architecture. “A stand out feature of the project is the thermoformed Corian feature walls, which give visual impact and a contemporary approach to the new performing arts building and provide a striking contrast with the heritage chapel in the background.”

The MLC School

Arcadia has recently completed the tender documentation for the MLC School, working with BVN Donovan Hill. The landscape design of the two large courtyard spaces has been derived from a study of social distances and behaviours of school environments, specifically addressing those of an all-female environment. This has been addressed through the use of a set of geometric “pods” and seating edges to provide a new heart to the main campus and facilitate a new learning environment at MLC School. The landscape works are currently under tender with construction due to commence next year for Stage One delivery at the beginning of 2017.

More information about Arcadia’s work in the education sector can be found at