Barker College Sports and Learning Precinct

Where Sporting Excellence Meets Sustainability


Barker College


Sydney, Australia



Year Completed


Project Value

AU $40M

Floor Area



2021 AIA Daryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture
2021 AIA NSW William E Kemp Award for Educational Architecture

The Rosewood Centre is a state of the art sports and learning precinct that contains classrooms, sport facilities, fitness centre, amentities and supporter seating above the courts. The precinct has been designed to encourage openess and connectivity between the three storeys with large balconies and breakout spaces on the courts’ sides that also support a natural cross ventialtion strategy.

With previous experience at Barker College under our belt, our team of fire engineers were involved with this project from the concept design stages. This allowed our team to design a fire safety strategy that complements the building’s design, support its sustainable goals and advise the client and design team of any potential fire safety concerns early.

Due to the size of the building and use of large span trusses across the 5 court sports hall, areas of design requiring a Performance Solution included non-fire-rated columns supporting the roof, Rodeca panels to external walls, perimeter vehicle access, travel distances to a point of choice of exits and the nearest exit, travel distance between alternative exits, aggregate width of exits, sliding exit doors, hydrant booster location, and omission of sprinklers beneath canopies.

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