Work has begun on a new multi-storey state-of-the-art learning facility being built for the Brisbane State High School.

The $60.5 million redevelopment project at the school will accommodate 40 classrooms, an arts centre, staff centre, tuckshop and other essential amenities.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the new multi-storey complex is due for completion at the start of the 2016 school year, also the State High’s 95th anniversary. The new complex will accommodate approximately 850 students and enable the school to cater for a total enrolment of up to 3,000 students.

According to Mr Langbroek, the redevelopment is part of the Queensland Government’s strong plan to provide the best possible environment for school students. The new building will support the important role Brisbane State High School has played in providing students with great academic, cultural and sporting opportunities for the past 93 years.

Mr Langbroek said the Newman Government’s investment in Brisbane State High School was an investment in the State’s future, and directed towards better student outcomes by providing them with specialist facilities in a state-of-the-art learning environment, which will ensure they have the best opportunity to learn and succeed in their studies, now and into a bright future.

Mr Langbroek said Broad Construction Services Queensland was awarded the contract for the design and construction of the building, which will cater for future growth including the move of Year 7 to high school in 2015. During the redevelopment, Year 7 students will move into an interim, designated precinct on the school’s current Edmondstone Street site.

Three blocks have been demolished to make way for the start of construction this month and temporary buildings located on the oval are already being used as classrooms.

Brisbane State High School is one of Queensland’s 80 Independent Public Schools and was established in 1921 as the first academic state high school in Queensland.