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Design revealed for new Whyalla Secondary School

The concept design for the new $100 million secondary school in Whyalla has been revealed today.

Completed by COX Architecture in collaboration with Thomson Rossi, the new design combines three existing government schools in the region; Edward John Eyre, Stuart and Whyalla High Schools.

Key to the design was input from local students and educators who contributed ideas on what the school should include. In response, the design embraces the history of the existing schools, simultaneously creating an exciting, contemporary facility with a strong sense of identity.

The state-of-the-art school includes an entrepreneurial hub and modern STEM facilities to nurture skills in innovation and technology. Also included is multi-level outdoor learning and social spaces, a double court gymnasium and performing arts theatre.

Sustainability is built into the design from the ground up – the courtyard canopy, for example, provides shelter, shade and natural ventilation, responding to Whyalla’s unique environment and complex natural landscape. Connectivity is increased through formal and informal learning hubs, as well interior and exterior linkages.

COX Director, Adam Hannon

We are delighted to reach the culmination of many months of work on the extraordinary new Whyalla secondary school.

This new school will bring to life the latest thinking in future-focused learning spaces that will inspire and empower Whyalla students to be globally connected with skills for life.

Director for Thomson Rossi, Marino Rossi.

Conceived as a vibrant architectural landmark for the City of Whyalla, the new Whyalla secondary school creates an integrated and authentic learning landscape essential for deep learning,

Responding to the rich array of natural landscape settings, the dynamic architectural form of the new Whyalla secondary school reflects an exciting, contemporary learning environment where local students will have access to global opportunities.

Construction is anticipated to commence in early to mid-2020, with the school opening in Term 1, 2022.

Kerrie Russell