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An artist's impression of the new school

First 'vertical high school' sets new benchmark in Australia

The second high-tech vertical schools project for Turner & Townsend has a combined value of £117m

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 23, 2016 | Bricks & mortar

Turner & Townsend Thinc has been appointed to work in partnership with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) Project Delivery Division to provide project management and facilitation services for the first high-tech vertical high school in South Australia. The Adelaide CBD High School will cater for years eight to 12 and the project is valued at £59 million ($100 million). 

Turner & Townsend Thinc is the project management arm of Turner & Townsend’s property division in Australia. Turner & Townsend will also provide cost management and advisory services for the construction of the £59 million ($100 million) new Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School in New South Wales, which is a first for the state. 

An artist's impression of inside the new school building

Nathan Hawkes, Associate from Turner & Townsend Thinc, comments: “The company is pleased to secure its second future-focused school project which will set new benchmarks for the education sector in Australia and provide a valuable resource for the community. We will be using our global capability and best practice work principles to deliver one of the most innovative and thought-provoking projects that has ever been seen in the country.

“Turner & Townsend Thinc will be working in partnership with the state government and the community to deliver a quality outcome for this significant project. The company has developed a high-performance team framework and created an innovative procurement mode to ensure project success.”

The new Adelaide CBD vertical school is located in Adelaide Parklands and the university precinct. It will specialise in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and will be purpose-built for contemporary learning.

Mr Hawkes continued: “The new CBD high school will contribute to three of the state’s strategic priorities, namely Creating a Vibrant City, Safe Communities Healthy Neighbourhoods and Every Chance for Every Child. The futures strategy for this site includes promoting individualised learning, creating settings for innovative teaching, incorporating new technology, environmentally sustainable principles and supporting community involvement.” 

The project will deliver a redevelopment to the existing Reid Building and features outdoor landscaped terraces for learning and recreation as part of the build. The new school is scheduled to be in use by term one in 2019.

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