Arthur Phillip High: Inside Sydney’s new $255 million high school

Jul 27, 2019 by

Sydney has never seen a public school like it.

When Arthur Phillip High’s $225 million high-rise campus opens in Parramatta in term one next year, abseilers will clean the windows.

An artist's impression of Parramatta's Arthur Phillip High School.
An artist’s impression of Parramatta’s Arthur Phillip High School.

Students will eat lunch in mesh-enclosed courtyards overlooking city rooftops, before continuing their lessons in sound-proofed music rooms, or in penthouse science labs, or in atriums with eight metre-high ceilings.

The Herald visited the new high school on Tuesday, as construction of the ambitious project enters its final phase and students at the original, 144-year-old Arthur Phillip High across the road prepare to begin testing its state-of-the-art facilities.

“This is not just an upgrade of the existing [school]; this is a very different concept,” said the chief executive of NSW School Infrastructure, Anthony Manning. “While it has been challenging at times, the end product is going to be really spectacular.

Arthur Phillip will be NSW’s first public high-rise high school – and its most expensive. Construction has been plagued by cost blow-outs and delays due to archaeological discoveries, fire, and the challenges of building a one-of-a-kind school.

But when it opens, the 17-storey school will be “different to anything else we’ve got across the system,” said Mr Manning. So far, one floor – which will be home to year seven – has been finished and made safe for visitors.

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