Lingwood Preparatory Campus, Meriden School

A suite of tailored interventions consolidate the pre K-Kindergarten Meriden Lingwood campus with an emphasis on discovery and activity-based learning.

The design aligns to Meriden’s Fidelis Model of discovery-based learning. It incorporates a set of new purpose-built classrooms and the refurbishment of Lingwood House, a heritage-listed Federation home and tear-drop garden.  

Six lofty new classrooms with gabled rooflines are arranged around a central courtyard that serves a playground. High ceilings lend abundant interior light and volume to the spaces, while Lingwood House is converted into a library and ancillary staff areas. Classrooms enjoy a strong visual connection to the outside via glazed doors and vaulted skylights, while bold colour is harnessed for way-finding and mood moderating. 

Verandas to the new buildings reference the Lingwood’s heritage detail, while the structures are built to Passive House standards – the most stringent sustainability measure on offer – delivering exceptional indoor air quality, temperature stability, noise reduction and reduced operating costs. 

Spaces between the building are equally considered, with an interactive playwall, discovery gardens and COLA areas to extend the learning outdoors. On-site car-parking is reduced to increase safety at the drop-off point.  

Project Facts


Wangal Country, Strathfield, NSW


Meriden School


Architecture, Interior Design




Nic Bailey, Tyrone Branigan


2020, NSW Architecture Awards, Educational Architecture, Commendation

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Michael Heenan
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Dua Green
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