23/09/2020 | Steven Marshall MP | John Gardner MP | More Jobs | Better Services

Another major school upgrade has begun as part of the Marshall Government’s $1.3 billion education build, with the $23 million expansion of Adelaide High School now underway.

Early works has already brought around 160 jobs to the site, and it is expected that construction will see more than 700 job opportunities created for local tradies over the length of the project.

Premier Steven Marshall said the Government’s massive education build was delivering a crucial jobs boost for the state.

“It is fantastic to see yet another major school upgrade underway as part of our record-breaking $1.3 billion education build, which is delivering thousands of jobs at a critical time for South Australia,” said Premier Marshall.

“More than 100 school building projects are being delivered in the coming years, which includes the opening of four new schools, providing a solid pipeline of construction jobs into the future.

“Adelaide High School is set to receive a modern, state-of-the-art upgrade that will benefit its students for years to come.”

The upgrade at Adelaide High School will deliver a new ‘Hive” building providing classrooms, specialist learning areas, canteen cafĂ© and outdoor learning areas, as well as an additional storey on an existing building to provide more learning areas, upgrades to the student courtyard and landscaping.

Education Minister John Gardner said it was an exciting time for the school.

“We know that there has been growing enrolment pressure on Adelaide High School and this upgrade will take their enrolment capacity to 1800 students, while providing a world class upgrade to the school’s facilities,” said Minister Gardner.

“The Marshall Liberal Government’s $1.3 billion education build is lifting capacity in schools where there is high demand and ensuring Year 7s will be able to transition smoothly into high school. The new facilities we are building are effectively while delivering a generational upgrade of schools across South Australia.

“With shovels in the ground on school building projects spread widely around the state, this building program is providing a massive jobs boost for South Australia at a time when our economy sorely needs it.”

Jim Whiting, Managing Director of Badge Constructions, said the company was proud to deliver the project.

“As a South Australian, privately-owned company, we are fiercely proud of the buildings that make our landscape and are thrilled to help bring the plans for Adelaide High School to life,” said Mr Whiting.

“Throughout the process of construction, we will be working with a team of 45 South Australian suppliers and consultants to bring this project together.

“Importantly, the construction of the Adelaide High School building works from today forward will see over 700 job opportunities for South Australian commercial trade contractors.”

More information on the progress on the Marshall Government’s $1.3 billion education build can be found on the Department for Education website.