Second high-tech vertical schools project won in Australia – combined value $200 million

Nikki Ward

Associate Director

We have 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 which will cater for years 8 – 12. The Adelaide CBD High School project is valued at $100 million.

We will also provide cost management and advisory services for the construction of the $100 million new Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School in New South Wales, which is a first for the state.  

Along with DPTI we will use a new breed of procurement model for the Adelaide project. The unique model is a hybrid of competitive early contractor involvement (ECI) and design and construct Process. It involves engaging two principal contractors to provide early constructability, time and cost advice during the concept and design phases. Both contractors participate together (in the same room) providing constructability advice to the design team and at an agreed point, then provide a total fixed-price.

Nathan Hawkes, Associate 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.

“We 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.”

He added, “The procurement model will provide the state with best value and certainty of cost and time.”

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.”


Adelaide vertical school atrium

The project will deliver a redevelopment to the existing Reid Building located on Frome Road 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.

We are currently undertaking over $500 million worth of project and professional management services for tertiary and secondary education projects across Australia.

We have been providing expert advice to the Department for Transport, Planning and Infrastructure for over 25 years and have managed some of the state’s biggest and most influential projects such as the Adelaide Convention Centre, Building Education Revolution program and the Commonwealth Law Courts.