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St George's Anglican Grammar School, Perth, Perth, Western Australia

This high-rise school is a first of its kind in Perth’s CBD

St George's Anglican Grammar School is an exciting new secondary school with the Perth CBD on its doorstep.

The school’s new inner city campus at 50 William Street, underwent a fit-out to transform the previously monotone commercial office building into several floors of brightly coloured classrooms.

The building was originally intended to be let as office space. Before the school leased the building, the owners of the property undertook an extensive commercial refurbishment and works to the building facade. Arup provided structural and fire engineering services for the refurbishment, façade and the fit-out of a bank on the ground floor.

Modelled on city-based colleges in Sydney, the new school offers a state-of-the-art teaching, learning and recreational space for students. Facilities include classrooms, drama studio, science labs, food tech labs, a fully equipped canteen and a rooftop recreation area.

Previously designed as a place for office workers to enjoy their lunch, the timber rooftop deck was modified to create a space suitable to be used as a school recreation space. As well as designing the rooftop deck and its surrounding screen and fencing to work with the existing structure, Arup’s structural engineers ensured the modified deck would provide a safe area for students to use. The redesigned rooftop recreation area features three metre high shade sails, two basketball hoops and a six metre high net enclosure to keep the basketballs in.

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To enable the school to reuse some of its existing furniture, such as a kiln and compactuses, Arup completed structural load checks.

The CBD school will cater for Perth’s rapidly growing inner-city population, which is predicted to double from about 20,000 now to 40,000 by 2031.