NSW Department of Education Executive Director Frank Potter (Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray in alternate photo), left, Duval High School Principal Stafford Cameron, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Armidale High School Principal Carolyn Lasker and Richard Crookes Constructions’ Ryan Sharp looking over the plans for the $117 million Armidale Secondary College today.
Monday, 17 December 2018
$117 million school project largest in region’s history
CONSTRUCTION work will soon begin on the largest education project in the region’s history – the new state-of-the-art $117 million Armidale Secondary College, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall also released the first-look of the new Armidale Secondary College, with a three-minute digital flythrough video, showing how students and staff will experience the new school when it opens on the first day of Term 1 in 2021.
He made the announcement today at Armidale High School with local educators and Armidale Regional Council representatives.
“Armidale Secondary College will usher in a new era for education in Armidale and country NSW, with the school featuring innovative technology and flexible learning spaces that can be adapted for different subjects,” Mr Marshall said.
“It will be a school like no other ever seen before in country NSW and will completely change the way people look and think about education delivery in secondary schools, regardless of sector.
“The facilities will be second-to-none anywhere in the State and the school will set a new benchmark for others to follow for how schools should be designed and operate.”
Mr Marshall said there would be greater resources available for students and staff and more subject choices, especially for Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) than had ever been offered by any school in Armidale or the entire region.
The new campus, set to be built on the existing 18-hectare Armidale High School site, will cater for up to 1,500 students and deliver new school buildings with 79 new air-conditioned classrooms equipped with the latest technology, specialised spaces for industrial arts, hospitality and agricultural studies and improved performing arts and sports facilities.
Mr Marshall also announced school will be home to a state-of-the-art ‘smart farm’ allowing students to learn from the latest agricultural technologies and methods in a purpose-designed indoor and outdoor learning area.
“Education and agriculture are both pillars of our local community which is why I am so proud to be delivering to our students a terrific new learning environment that offers the very best of both,” Mr Marshall said
The contract for the construction works has been awarded to Richard Crookes Constructions, which is currently undertaking the $60 million redevelopment of Inverell Hospital and has previously completed the $16 million Moree East Public School, as well as the redevelopment of Armidale Hospital.
“The company has a proven track record in our region for delivering quality work and employing local tradies and contractors onsite,” Mr Marshall said.
“I want to ensure as much of the $117 million for the new school stays in the local economy and to that end, I am pleased that 20 per cent of the project workforce will also be apprentices.”
Mr Marshall said the new school will be a key part of the Armidale community and its educational future.
“I look forward to seeing this outstanding project move forward, with students benefiting from a terrific new learning environment,” Mr Marshall said.
“The existing heritage building will be the preserved and enhanced to be the centrepiece of the new school, maintaining a tangible link to the past and The Den will be retained, expanded and upgraded to a first-class three-court indoor facility.”
Minister for Education Rob Stokes said the NSW Government was building on the state’s world-class education system so students are ready for the jobs of the future.
“This project will deliver the students of Armidale the top-quality education resources they need to succeed,” Mr Stokes said.
Information booths will also be set up from Term 1 next year, where the project team will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.
This project is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s record $6 billion school building program over the next four years, which is delivering more than 170 new and upgraded schools to support communities throughout NSW. This is the largest investment into public school infrastructure by any state government in Australian history.
Designs are still being finalised on the new 425-seat performing arts centre, to be built on the school site.
Further information is now available at www.armidalefutureschool.com.au
Digital flythrough video and artist impression images of Armidale Secondary College available here: