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East Brisbane, QLD
New build or refurbishment: New build
Budget: $27.5 million
Architect: Brand + Slater Architects (now BPSN Architects)
Project Completed: 07/04/2017
The Centenary Library is the Senior School library at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane. Churchie is an independent school for day boys and boarders with about 1800 students from Reception to Year 12. With approximately 1250 boys in the Senior School, including nearly 170 Boarders, The Centenary Library must respond to a community that sees learning extended beyond the conventional schooling model.
The Centenary Library is home to critical academic and pastoral services, including the Senior School’s Information, IT and Student (careers, chaplaincy, counselling and Service) Services, Learning Support, Aquila (gifted and talented programme), Churchie Archives, Mawson House, the Churchie Research Centre and The Arches café. This coalition of services has solidified the library to not only reflect Churchie’s four tenets but also reinvigorate its role in making men of strong character and intelligence. The library is now central to daily school life at Churchie. Boys are studying, collaborating and taking advantage of the broad services offered within the building throughout the day—before, during and after school hours. At the same time, it has acted as a beacon that sees greater engagement with and between the parent, Old Boy and broader educational communities.