Construction jobs boost as high school upgrades set to begin

Hundreds of local construction jobs will be supported over the next 18 months at two major high school upgrades, part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $1.3 billion education capital works program which will further boost SA’s COVID-19 economic recovery.

New concept designs have been unveiled for two state-of-the-art projects worth nearly $75 million – the latest to redevelop parts of Norwood Morialta High School, which will increase the capacity of its Parade Campus to 1700 students in order to co-locate all year levels on one site.

The Norwood Morialta High School ($51.95 million) upgrade will include:

  • The construction of a new three-storey middle school building with a roof top play space
  • A new two-storey building for the school’s technical and specialist precinct
  • The refurbishment and extension of the existing gym
  • A new façade entry statement for the schools; and
  • New landscaping, car parks and sports courts.

It follows the release of concept designs for the $23m Adelaide High School upgrade, featuring a new ‘Hive’ building, with general and specialist earning areas, teacher preparation areas, storage, amenities, a canteen café and outdoor learning areas.

The Adelaide High School upgrade will support an estimated 120 jobs, while a builder for the Norwood Morialta project will be engaged soon.

“Construction on these major school upgrades will begin in coming months, supporting jobs and local industry at a critical time as South Australia begins to recover from the greatest economic challenge of our time,” said Mr Lucas.

“The concept plans reflect the modern, world-class educational facilities we are building as part of a generational upgrade of schools across South Australia.

“Our $1.3 billion education capital works program is lifting the capacity for schools in areas with rapidly growing public school enrolments, improving facilities that sorely need it, and assisting the transition of Year 7 into high school.”

You can see progress on the school upgrades happening across the state on the Department for Education website.

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