News Turner Townsend Appointed 100m Australian School Projects

Turner & Townsend has been appointed to provide full cost management and advisory services on the construction of the first high-rise public high school and a new multi-storey public primary in New South Wales, Australia.

The new Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School will become the first hi-tech, high-rise “future focused” schools in the region, through an investment of more than A$100m (£48.8m).

The schools will feature highly adaptable, technology-rich teaching and learning spaces with indoor and outdoor spaces to encourage sport, activity and passive play. There will also be community service and recreation spaces, and meeting areas for parents and teachers.

Heritage buildings will be retained and integrated into the new design.

Adrian Piccoli, minister of education for New South Wales, 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.”

Anooj Oodit, managing director for Turner & Townsend Australia and New Zealand, said: “Vertical high-rise schools are an increasing trend in modern cities as communities look to accommodate growing populations and new ways of learning. The redevelopment of Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School will set the benchmark for future high-rise schools in Australia. Through our extensive experience delivering complex education projects, we are delighted to have been appointed on the project to support the department in achieving the project’s objectives.”

Turner & Townsend has also been appointed to provide project management services on the first vertical high school in South Australia, which will cater for 1,500 students.

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