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Cox Architecture will lead a consortium of architects to design a new $85m high school in Adelaide.

The State Government recently announced that Cox Architecture will partner with DesignInc, AECOM and KBR for the project, which will cater to the needs of about 1,000 students. The school is expected to open for the beginning of Term 1, 2019.

Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close says the architects have been commissioned to design a modern, world-class school set in the heart of Adelaide. The brief requires the architects to create an integrated learning precinct that fosters student learning for future success. Close explained that the architects will design the transformation of the Reid Building on Frome Road, previously used by the University of South Australia, creating a learning hub that will be central to the school’s specialisation in health and sciences.

Adam Hannon, Studio Director for Cox Architecture in Adelaide describes the City High School project as an opportunity for their team to work with Government to create an innovative 21st century learning environment, providing a new model for state education in South Australia. Observing that the new school has the potential to shape the design of similar inner-city projects in the future both nationally and internationally, he said the facility will be designed to fully engage with its remarkable Frome Road location, which consists of Universities, the North Terrace cultural precinct, Adelaide Parklands, Zoo and Botanic Gardens.