[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The keys to the new teaching and learning centre for Sydney diocese’s theological college have been handed over to principal Dr Mark Thompson this week. The scaffolding and the wraps which have covered Moore Theological College’s new building have been removed and preparations are underway to welcome students and staff ahead of its official opening in February.
Building work has been taking place on the multi-million-dollar building, situated on the corner of King St and Carillon Avenue, since 2014.
“This is a significant milestone. In one way or another a building has been planned on this site for 50 years and now in God’s goodness it is here,” principal Dr Thompson said.
Dr Thompson thanked the builders, Kane Constructions, who have been very concerned to accommodate a working college in and around their building site.
He also thanked Cam Capel, the college’s dean of operations for his “extraordinary contribution to the project.”
Dr Thompson said: “Without Cam I am sure we would not have reached this point. Our heavenly Father has provided our needs through generous friends and through wise stewardship and management of this project. This is a time for profound thanksgiving to God.
"We look forward to many people from all over the city sharing with us on the day of the official opening."
The new centre has one lower ground level and six above ground levels, providing almost 8,000 square metres of space. There is also room to expand the Moore College Library, which is already the largest theological library in the Southern Hemisphere.
The new building includes a large lecture theatre, flexible teaching and meeting rooms, an auditorium large enough to bring together the entire undergraduate student body in one place, and purpose-built built research and study spaces for students.
Moore College has been training people for ministry for 160 years, since it first opened in Liverpool, New South Wales, in 1856. It has had 13 principals and over 4,000 graduates.