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O'Connell Street Public School


Department of Education


O'Connell Street, Parramatta




GC21 Contract (Edition 2)

Project Description

The project involved the adaptive re-use of the buildings on the site of Old Kings School Parramatta as a new primary school to cater for 1000 students known as the O’Connell Street Public School. The school was commissioned by the Department of Education and opened in July 2017 and was then the largest public commissioned primary school in NSW.
The Old Kings School site is situated between O’Connell Street and Marist Place, Parramatta, overlooking the Parramatta River. The site contains a collection of buildings dating from 1836 to 1971 and includes buildings of exceptional heritage significance. The site also contains some highly significant landscape elements such as a large oval to the south that fronts the Parramatta River. The entire site is listed on the State Heritage Register (NSW).
The Kings School occupied the site from 1836 until 1964 when it was sold to the NSW Department of Health and adaptively re-used to accommodate the Marsden Rehabilitation Centre until 2002, which resulted in a loss of original internal fabric. The original Headmaster’s Residence (Building A) and the main school building (Building B) were refurbished in 2003. Building A has since been used as professional office spaces (recently vacated), and until recently Building B accommodated the Heritage Division of the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage (recently vacated). The other buildings on the site have been unoccupied since 2002.

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