Adelaide’s new city high school will boast cutting-edge learning spaces focused on science and health studies, as well as environmentally friendly buildings and outdoor areas.

The Government is investing a further $15 million in the school in order to increase the capacity by 250 students. The $100 million school is on track to open at the beginning of
Term 1, 2019, and will cater for 1250 students.

Concept designs released today reveal a completely refurbished Reid building linked by a glass atrium to a brand new six-storey building with rooftop terrace.

The new city high school will have seven storeys, including a basement and open-planned plaza space at ground level.

Key features of the design include:

  • State-of-the art science, design and technology laboratories and equipment, underpinning the school’s strong focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics);
  • 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, art;
  • Smart, environmentally friendly buildings which minimise energy and water use;
  • Modern library and research centre;
  • A gallery space on the plaza level visible to Frome Road, which can be used for community events and to display student works;
  • Extensive external learning and recreation spaces for students in and around the parklands and on the building’s upper level;
  • Music and drama practice and learning spaces;
  • Secure basement bicycle parking for 170 bicycles.

The design of the new school emphasises environmental sustainability, including climate control measures and the planting of drought tolerant species.

The school’s central location and connectivity to a large walking and cycling network, along with accessible public transport options, promotes take-up of green travel options such as walking, cycling, carpooling and the use of public transport.


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

Construction is anticipated to commence in December 2016.

A key stakeholder group has been established to represent school community interests and provide feedback on operational decisions such as zoning, the school name, dress code and enrolment requirements.

Representatives include high school and feeder primary school governing council members, and Australian Education Union and relevant principals associations.

Quotes attributable to Education Minister Susan Close

The concept design is modern and exciting, and sits beautifully within the Park Lands.

The school’s strong focus on STEM subjects is reflected in the cutting edge science, design and technology laboratories which will help prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Students will also have access to some of the latest equipment in engineering and investigative science.

This new school has also been designed to ensure it is well connected to the rich variety of community assets in the city’s educational and cultural precinct.

Quotes attributable to Studio Director for Cox Architecture Adam Hannon

This new city school on Frome Road will enhance a remarkable education precinct consisting of major Universities, the Adelaide Zoo and Botanic Gardens.

Our design will transform the current Reid building and its surrounding site to create a technology rich, multi-disciplinary and contemporary learning environment.

This vertical high school will be a first for South Australia, with flexible learning spaces interconnected via an ‘active atrium’ over five levels.

The STEM focus of the school will be on display with a Gallery/Exhibition space located on ground level and a series of learning pods expressed internally on to the main atrium space.

The internal space is designed as a continuation of the external landscape and parkland setting, creating vital indoor/outdoor connections to enhance the student learning experience.