Shirley Smith High School

Client: ACT Government
Location: Australian Capital Territory
Project: Brand new school - Years 7 to 10
Completion Date: March 2024
Completion Time: 26 months
Value: $63 Million

The Shirley Smith High School is a new school catering for 800 students from Years 7 to 10, built to respond to the rapid growth in Gungahlin, and opened its doors to the Year 7 foundation cohort in January 2024. The campus spans over 8,500m2 featuring flexible teaching areas, art and science labs, food technology learning spaces, a performing arts hall, wood and metal workshops, state-of-the-arts sports facilities with a double gymnasium, external covered hard courts and playing fields, a waste enclosure, and a bicycle enclosure. The construction of the school prioritised creating dynamic and adaptable learning spaces that harness natural light and modern amenities, fostering an environment conducive to effective education. These spaces were meticulously designed to accommodate diverse learning styles, including those of students with specialised needs, promoting engagement and academic success. The school’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its environmentally conscious design and construction practices, which incorporate sustainable materials, air permeability membranes, and a solar power generation system. By aligning with the ACT Government’s emissions reduction goals, the school exemplifies responsible stewardship of the environment. Thoughtful landscaping and outdoor amenities, featuring native plantings and communal spaces, create a harmonious connection between the school and its natural surroundings. These areas serve as inviting hubs for social interaction and relaxation, enriching the overall school experience. Enhancements to local infrastructure, including road upgrades, expanded pedestrian and cycling pathways, and accessible public transportation options, ensure convenient and safe access for students and families. This holistic approach to connectivity underscores the school’s commitment to fostering a supportive and accessible learning environment for all stakeholders.

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