Inner Sydney High School
Inner Sydney and its surrounds are experiencing urban renewal through new residential developments, and more families remaining in or moving back to the inner city. As a consequence, the growth in the number of school-aged children in these areas is placing increasing pressure on public education services. In March 2015 the NSW Department of Education committed to building a new high-rise high school on the corner of Cleveland and Chalmers Streets in Sydney, adjacent to Prince Alfred Park.
The flagship, future-focused Inner Sydney High School will provide 1200 student places and employ 100 teaching and support staff in a new 11-storey facility. The facility design and planning incorporates functional efficiencies in vertical circulation, building services and environmentally sustainable features to achieve an accessible and enjoyable environment for students and staff.
Root Partnerships was commissioned in July 2015 to provide comprehensive project management services to manage all stages of the works from design through programming, authority approval, management of construction and commissioning. This scope including extensive and ongoing consultation with the local community. Root Partnerships managed the international design excellence competition to identify a winning concept and a head design consultant for the project.
The heritage buildings on the site are a major consideration for the design. Extensive adaptive reuse of the 150-year-old historic buildings is planned to complement and connect to the new tower. There will be ongoing consultation with the City of Sydney to ensure that the final design responds sensitively to the adjacent Prince Alfred Park whilst also addressing the operational issues of the site’s location on two major arterial roads.