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The Winton Centre, AB Paterson College, QLD

Students and teachers at AB Paterson College are set to enjoy a range of naturally light-filled, flexible learning spaces with the completion of the new Winton Centre.

A state of the art learning centre encompassing a range of flexible learning spaces is proving a welcome addition to the AB Paterson College on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The recently completed Winton Centre at the college’s Arundel campus is providing students and teachers with a range of contemporary facilities set to enhance the learning environment.

The building centres around an open-air atrium, designed to fill each level with a sense of space and natural light. The facility has created more than 2400m2 of new learning space for the college, spread over three levels. The ground floor is home to three Pre-Prep classrooms, an after-hours care facility, a café and a rainforest themed playground. The first level features a multi-purpose lecture theatre with performance spaces and a variety of flexible learning facilities. The top floor is occupied by new staff facilities including a professional research and library area, a filming pod for use by both students and staff, and a library and learning centre specifically for Year 4-6 students.

To complete the development a range of Alspec’s high performance window and door framing products were brought together, selected for their proven credentials in meeting the demands of high-use environments such as found in schools. Three key types of framing were selected: Hunter Evo 150mm Flush Glazed Framing, McArthur Evo 101.6mm Centre Pocket Framing and Hunter Evo 150 mm Acoustic Framing. Hunter Evo 150 mm Acoustic Framing was specifically chosen to enhance the acoustic insulation of meeting rooms.  This product has a Weighted Sound Reduction Index (Rw) of 48-49 which means it significantly helps to reduce the transmission of sound from one area to another.  

At ground level the atrium is linked to the interior spaces through Hawkesbury Multi-Fold Doors and Swan Evo Commercial Sliding Doors. The Multi-Fold doors ensure maximum flexibility for the spaces, being able to be stacked to one side to provide larger open areas, or securely closed against the elements when required. On the higher levels uniquely curved sections of glazing enclosing the atrium were constructed using Hunter Evo 150mm Flush Glazed Framing. Ideal for faceted and gently curved framing needs, the Hunter Evo can accommodate a range of glazing widths and delivers excellent energy performance credentials.

Throughout the complex, with the variety of interior spaces on each level, Swan Evo doors provided the necessarily flexibility, being able to be configured in hinged, pivoted or sliding options depending on the needs of each area. The robust construction of the Swan Evo doors will ensure they more than cope with the high use demands of the busy educational environment.

Project Name: AB Paterson College - The Winton Centre
Project Address: 10 AB Paterson Dr, Arundel QLD 4214
Architect: Burling Brown Architects
Builder: Alder Constructions
Fabricator: Glass In Paradise
Applied Finish: Monument Matt D1000 (GL229A)

Alspec Products Used:
Hunter Evo 150mm Single Flush Glazed Framing
Hunter Evo 150mm Acoustic Framing
McArthur Evo 101.6mm Centre Pocket Framing
Hawkesbury® Commercial Multi-Fold Door