World-class architecture for new Parramatta schools

20 January 2016 - 

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has unveiled the winning designs for the State's first high-rise school and an adjoining primary school to be built in Parramatta.

The new Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School will become the first future focused schools in NSW, through an investment of more than $100 million. The Sydney office of the multi-national Grimshaw Architects will develop the final designs, in association with BVN Architecture.

Mr Piccoli said an international competition for the tender had ensured the schools will have the best possible educational facilities.

"The entries were of an exceptionally high standard and I am confident the new schools will be welcoming, flexible and technology rich environments," Mr Piccoli said.

"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.

"The future focused schools will allow teachers to be better placed to help students keep pace with the new technologies they'll need to master as they enter the workforce in the future."

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; and
  • Heritage buildings retained and integrated into the design.

Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee has welcomed the winning designs: "These new schools will be fantastic for local families and the high-rise design allows for a much larger playground."

Both schools are scheduled to open in 2019.

The project is part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government's $1 billion Rebuilding NSW Schools Fund that will provide up to 1,600 new or refurbished classrooms across NSW.

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