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High hopes for Australian school

Turner & Townsend consults on first high-rise public school in New South Wales, Australia

Posted by Stephanie Broad | February 21, 2016 | International

Turner & Townsend is providing full cost management services and advisory on the construction of the first high rise public high school and a new multi-storey public primary school in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. 

The new Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School will become the first high tech, high rise “future focused” schools in the region, through an investment of more than AUD 100 million (GBP 48,824,554).

An artist's impression of the school site

Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, said: “An international competition for the tender ensured the schools will have the best possible educational facilities.

"By building a high rise school, we've been able to significantly increase the size of the playground as well as cater for more students at Arthur Phillip High School.

"These future focused schools will allow students keep pace with the new technologies they'll need to master as they enter the workforce." 

Key features of the design include:

  • Highly adaptable, technology rich teaching and learning spaces
  • Formal and informal gathering areas for teacher and student interaction
  • Diverse indoor and outdoor spaces to encourage sport, activity and passive play
  • Community service and recreation spaces
  • Welcoming meeting areas for parents and teachers
  • Heritage buildings retained and integrated into the design

Anooj Oodit, Managing Director for Turner & Townsend Australia and New Zealand, commented: “Vertical high rise schools are an increasing trend in modern cities as communities look to accommodate growing populations and new ways of learning. The re-development of Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School will set the benchmark for future high-rise schools in Australia.”    

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