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Posted 23rd April, 2017

The Evolution of the Vertical School

Scharp have a long history of working with some of Melbourne’s most prestigious schools to bring their new building projects to life.

Past successes have included 3D renders, fly throughs and presentation movies for Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School, Firbank Grammar and Ruyton Girls’ School. When it comes to launching and funding new school buildings, our products have been used with great success to involve the wider school community in the project.

Fast-forward to 2017, and once again Scharp is employing its 3D visualisation tools within the education sector.

In the face of Melbourne’s increasing population, the Victorian Government has unveiled its latest initiatives to meet the demand for inner-city schooling. Vertical schools are multi-floor, high density schools located in the booming inner-city suburbs.

Construction of a flagship new vertical school – Richmond High School - was announced in February 2017 by the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, and Scharp was excited to contribute an animated fly through and 3D images for the launch.

Scharp worked closely with the Victorian School Building Authority and architect Hayball, to create a fly through presentation that played a pivotal role in showcasing the new school to the community.

Central to the success of the event was the use of Virtual Reality technology that transported the user into the four-storey atrium of the school, and generated a level of immersion that no CGI or flythrough could achieve. This gave the audience of educators, parents and community interests an opportunity to get a real feel for what the new school would be like.

Following the success of the Richmond High School community launch, Scharp was again approached by the Victorian School Building Authority to produce a similar product for Prahran High School, the next in its series of high-density, inner-city vertical schools.

Working in conjunction with architect Gray Puksand, Scharp produced a fly through animation that showcased a virtual tour of the new school. The animation’s release to the public was timed to coincide with the beginning of the demolition of the old school, and the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino was a guest of honour at the launch.

Such has been the success of these new ventures, that the Victorian School Building Authority has brought us back on-board for another vertical school project – Ferrars Street, South Melbourne.

Sonja Steffen, Senior Communications Adviser at the VSBA has said, “We’ve really enjoyed working with Scharp to date, and we’ve been so pleased with the outcomes - the animated videos are such an effective tool to engage with communities on our projects. We’re looking forward to working with Scharp again in the future.”

For our part, we are thrilled to be part of such an innovative initiative, and to get the opportunity to work on such exciting and forward-thinking projects.

Chris Harty, Senior Project Architect at Hayball said, “As a practice that takes pride in quality professional service for our clients, Scharp’s effort and contribution to a great outcome was impressive. Design excellence is our standard, and Scharp matched it.”

Helping our clients to successfully realise their vision, and creating products to deliver that vision to the local community is fundamental part of what drives Scharp.

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