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New CBD school

New CBD school - view from Frome Road

Construction on Adelaide’s new $100 million CBD school has officially begun, with Lendlease Building Contractors Pty Ltd winning the major design and construction contract for this key infrastructure project.

The new CBD high school due to open for term 1, 2019 will provide 1250 students from inner-city suburbs with greater access to high quality secondary schooling.

The school’s core focus will be on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Students will use the latest scientific equipment, and have the chance to work with experts from the tertiary field to complete their SACE and plan future study and career pathways.

The school’s central location and connectivity to a large walking, cycling and public transport network will promote green, active travel for students and teachers.

Located adjacent to the Adelaide parklands, Botanic Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo, the school will be close to the university and state libraries, performing arts facilities, and green space, forming part of a broader educational and cultural precinct.

The design

New CBD school - atrium

The design features the completely refurbished Reid building which will have seven storeys including a basement and open-planned plaza space at ground level. This building is linked by a glass atrium to a brand new six storey building with rooftop terrace.

Key features of the design include:

  • State of the art science, design and technology laboratories which will underpin the school’s strong focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Students will have access to some of the latest equipment in engineering and investigative science, preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow.
  • Food technology kitchens, to help uncover and support the next generation of young innovators who will promote South Australia’s outstanding food to the world.
  • ‘Maker spaces’ for students to get creative through design technology, media studies and art.
  • Smart, environmentally friendly buildings which minimise energy and water use and support Adelaide’s vision of becoming a carbon neutral city.
  • Modern library and research centre.
  • Extensive external learning and recreation spaces for students in and around the parklands and on the building’s upper levels.
  • Indoor gymnasium.
  • Music and drama practice and learning spaces.
  • Cafeteria with outdoor terrace.
  • Secure basement bicycle parking for 170 bicycles.

Learning spaces have been designed to cater for a contemporary, multi-disciplinary approach to learning which mirrors what students can expect when they go on to tertiary study or the modern workplace.

The design of the new school emphasises environmental sustainability.

'Passive design' will harness the external climate to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Drought tolerant plants will be used to landscape the gardens and complement the park land setting.

Zoning and enrolment

Following completion of the new school, the number of students currently able to attend a government high school in the CBD will be expanded to include the suburbs of:

  • Bowden
  • Brompton
  • Hindmarsh
  • Hilton
  • Kurralta Park
  • Glandore
  • Black Forest
  • Nailsworth
  • Medindie
  • Medindie Gardens
  • Gilberton
  • Walkerville
  • Collinswood
  • eastern parts of:
    • Torrensville
    • Mile End
    • Richmond
    • Marleston
  • the sections of Clarence Park zoned to Black Forest Primary School.

The suburbs above have been identified for inclusion, although the specifics of which city high school to which zoned area, is still under consideration.

Once the new boundaries for the two schools are finalised, further information will be provided to the wider community and school zone boundaries and maps will be released to families.

Video fly-through

View the video on YouTube.

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For more information contact: DECD.CBDSchooling@sa.gov.au 

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