Richmond Secondary College is the consultancy’s third win for a multi-storey - or ‘vertical’ - school in the past 18 months and brings the combined project value to AUD$240m (£142.3m).
Robin Sweasey, director for Turner & Townsend, says: “In many respects, the vertical learning concept – although not unique in tertiary education – is new to high schools due to practical issues such as land constraints and increasing student population densities in inner city areas.
“The benefits are extensive and include being located close to excellent transport networks. Greater density of student numbers within integrated facilities turbocharges the education environment and creates a vibrant learning mix that enhances the student experience.”
The latest contract was awarded by the Victorian School Building Authority. It is for a school that will be located across two sites - one comprising a 7,000m2 main administration building and classroom, the other featuring sporting and recreational facilities, including a competition-grade indoor gymnasium.
The other two high-rise school projects that Turner & Townsend has been awarded recently are in Adelaide for project management services and in Parramatta in New South Wales for cost management and advisory services.