This project involves the redevelopment of the Department of Education's site on the corner of Cleveland and Chalmers Streets, Surry Hills to construct a new high school.
The heritage buildings on the site are being refurbished as part of the project and will be integrated to form a major part of the new school.
The new school’s construction will also incorporate principles of energy efficiency and ecologically sustainable development (ESD).
Inner Sydney High School will ultimately provide 47 secondary teaching spaces across 14 storeys and accommodate up to 1,200 students from Years 7 to 12. Enrolment is being staged, with the first Year 7 students starting classes at the school in 2020.
Inner Sydney High School offers:
facilities that are accessible and flexible to meet the demands of an evolving curriculum
spaces that are engaging and supportive for students and teachers
technology-rich settings with an emphasis on mobility and flexibility
five ‘STEAM’ focused floors with facilities for music, food technology and visual arts
multiple sporting and recreational spaces and shared use of Prince Alfred Park.
Refurbishment works in the existing heritage buildings along Chalmers and Cleveland streets are progressing in preparation for the opening of the school for Year 7 students on Day 1 Term 1 in 2020.
Main tower works are continuing with construction of the lift core now at level 4. The concrete slab for the ceiling (first floor ground level) over the new hall and indoor sports facilities is progressing.
Upcoming activities include external restoration works on the heritage buildings and ongoing internal refurbishment.
Increased fit-out works in the heritage buildings in preparation for the start of classes on Day 1 Term 1 in 2020.
The lift core will continue to rise and scaffolding will be installed for construction of the new 14 storey school building.
Please refer to the map of the development site (marked in yellow) and surrounding areas for the Inner Sydney High School project.
What will Inner Sydney High School look like?
Images on this website show the look of the new school.
What is happening to the heritage buildings on the Cleveland and Chalmers Street site?
The heritage buildings on the site are being retained, refurbished and integrated into the new school design. The design of the new school reflects innovative learning space design principles, while keeping the heritage buildings.
What are the construction hours for the project?
Approved standard construction hours are:
7.00am to 6.00pm - Monday to Friday
7.30am to 3.30pm - Saturday
There will be no work on Sundays and public holidays.
Where essential out of hours works are required, the community will be notified ahead of time.
How are you protecting the health of the local community while the new Inner Sydney High School is being constructed?
In accordance with Safe Work Australia and City of Sydney requirements, a safety fence has been erected around the construction site to provide a physical separation to the building works and prohibit public entry onto the work site. Internally, construction hoarding separates the tower construction area from the heritage buildings, the areas that students will occupy from the start of the 2020 school year. Construction-related vehicle movements around the site are restricted and noise and air quality monitoring is being carried out during construction.
What will happen on Day 1 Term 1 in 2020? How will you manage arrival of students at the new school?
School Infrastructure is working closely with Inner Sydney High School’s principal and staff to ensure students are well-looked after on Day 1, Term 1. Information on first day arrivals and activities will be circulated later this year so the community knows what to expect. School Infrastructure team members will also be in attendance on Day 1, to assist parents, carers, students and school staff.
Will there be construction noise during 2020?
Inevitably, there will be some noise associated with construction in 2020, but every care is being taken to minimise noise and disruption to the school and the surrounding community. The site layout has been carefully considered by the project team to minimise impacts on school operations .
When will construction be finished?
The refurbished heritage buildings are scheduled to be completed by January 2020, with construction of the new building due for completion by late 2020.
Are there photos and video of the new buildings and construction being shared with the community?
Construction photos and time lapse footage are being regularly updated on this website.
How can I find out more?
School Infrastructure is committed to working together with our school communities and other stakeholders to deliver the best possible learning facilities for students.
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