Construction on Adelaide’s new $100 million city school officially begins today, with Lendlease Building Contractors Pty Ltd winning the major design and construct contract for this key infrastructure project.

Lendlease have successfully completed major infrastructure works in South Australia, including the Adelaide Oval and Adelaide Convention Centre redevelopment (Stage 1).

The Development Assessment Commission last month approved the State Government’s application to construct South Australia’s second city high school, which will cater for 1250 students and open at the beginning of Term 1, 2019.

These works will be delivered in line with the South Australian Industry Participation Policy, and are expected to support approximately 210 jobs during construction.


Located on Frome Road, the school will be the state’s first vertical school, boasting seven floors following a refurbishment of Uni SA’s Reid Building.

The school’s education program will have a strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) focus with an emphasis on Science and Health studies.

The school will open in 2019 with staggered enrolment beginning with Years 8 and 9.

Local firm Cox Architecture has partnered with DesignInc, TCL, AECOM and KBR to design the new CBD high school.

Consultation on enrolment processes, zoning and naming of the school is underway.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

We are thrilled to have appointed builder Lendlease to deliver our new city school, which will be a world class facility for students and teachers.

This significant project for Adelaide builds on our infrastructure investment and will create more than 200 new jobs for South Australians.

Our state’s new school will also be part of Adelaide’s vibrant city precinct, with close proximity to the Park Lands, Universities, the Botanic Gardens and the Zoo, among other key Adelaide attractions along North Terrace.

Quotes attributable to Education Minister Susan Close

It is really exciting that construction is beginning on our new city school, which will become one of the nation’s best public schools.

The school’s focus on science and health studies will provide students with the skills to prepare them for the jobs of the future, with STEM jobs placed among the fastest growing industries.

The school will offer students a contemporary learning environment to give them the best opportunity to contribute to South Australia’s future.

We recently announced an upgrade to the school’s capacity, allowing for 1250 students to attend, as we have seen growth in our public school attendance and are proud to have schools that provide the best education to our young South Australians.

Quotes attributable to Lendlease Building Managing Director Dale Connor

We are thrilled to be appointed to this project and continue to deliver major infrastructure for the benefit and enjoyment of the South Australian community.

The Adelaide New CBD High School Project offers the fantastic opportunity to contribute to DPTI and DECD’s vision and further enhance and sustain the strong working relationship we have developed over recent years.

We are delighted to be selected to extend our capability in the education sector and deliver a contemporary learning environment that will foster innovation and create the future leaders of South Australia.