PROGRESS continues on a brand new seven to 12 high school for the Brighton community, with a consortium comprising Jaws Architects and Heffernan Button Voss Architects just appointed to design the new school.
Both local architectural firms have significant experience in designing contemporary education infrastructure in Tasmania. Their appointment represents a major milestone for the project.
A project working group will be established this month to begin development of a concept master plan for the site at 1 Elderslie Road. The community reference group established in late 2018 will also be reconvened and meet quarterly throughout the development process to provide opportunity to review progress.
Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said extensive community engagement had already been undertaken for the new high school and once a concept plan was developed, it would also be made available to the broader community for feedback.
“As part of the 2020-21 State Budget announced in November last year, a further $20 million has been allocated to the project, taking the total project budget for the high school to $50 million., reaffirming the Government’s election commitment to delivering fantastic new education facilities for the Brighton community.
“The Department of Education is continuing to work in partnership with representatives from the Brighton Council and the new high school will be operational in 2025 as originally planned. This strong partnership is key to ensuring we will deliver a school that has been shaped by the local community and will support our learners in Brighton long into the future.”
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster welcomed the appointment.
“The appointment of the consortium of architects represents an important milestone in progressing the high school development towards its first student intake in 2025.
“I have long believed education is a key to the growth and development of our community and the new high school is necessary to support our current and increasing population.
“Our Council had been working for many years to secure the high school development to cater for the significant growth in the municipality and the surrounding region and the architects’ appointment brings this yet another step closer.
“Brighton Council and our community commend Minister Rockliff for his support and the State Government for its commitment to this important project,” Cr Foster said.