Edge Early Learning reaches for the sky with new multistory centre-build in Brisbane

by Freya Lucas

August 21, 2019

As land availability continues to present challenges, approved providers are seeking solutions, one of which is to go up, with purpose-built vertical early childhood education and care (ECEC) services becoming more common. 


One such centre is the purpose-built, five-level building located in Cordelia St, South Brisbane. The building houses not only Edge Early Learning’s flagship centre, but also its head office on the top floor.


Headed by Annie Bryce, CEO of Edge Early Learning, the 156-place centre is mapped out across four levels to cater for what The Courier Mail has described as “increased demand from rising inner-city apartment living and population growth”. 


The centre, which opened this week, is the eleventh for the group, with Ms Bryce telling The Mail that “several others” were under construction. She described the new location as “state of the art” and “market leading”, featuring indoor/outdoor play on each level, and a tunnel built under the building as part of fire evacuation measures. 


Children at another of Edge’s vertical sites are said to be enthralled by the change in viewpoint afforded by being located above ground level, with Ms Bryce saying being in the sky means lots of talk about weather, and what the clouds are doing. 


The new Edge centre spans 911 square meters and was purchased in 2017 by a Sydney investment group. Edge Early Learning holds a 20-year lease to the site, plus multiple options. 


To read the original coverage of this story, as crafted by The Courier Mail, please see here