"By building a high rise school we've been able to significantly increase the size of the playground as well as cater for more students at Arthur Phillip High School"
Adrian Piccoli, NSW Minister for Education

Arthur Phillip High School & Parramatta Public School

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BVN in association with Grimshaw Architects
NSW Government – Department of Education & Communities
175 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Full Architectural Services

33,000m2 (High School) + 9,500m2 (Primary School)


BVN in conjunction with Grimshaw Architects are working on the redevelopment Arthur Phillip High School & Parramatta Public School. The project will provide new facilities and accommodation for 3,000 pupils on the existing site on the banks of the Parramatta River.

The scheme sees the development of a new 17 storey tower and a curved low rise, 4 storey building, accommodating the secondary school and the primary facilities respectively.

The project will be one of the first high rise educational facilities in response to ongoing urban densification. The facility also pioneers a future focused learning model which provides the ability to be programmed as a ‘school within a school’ model. The design of agile and combined spaces ensures the development, integration and engagement of future communities.

The schools design focuses on purpose-designed spaces and providing more accessibility to outdoor learning spaces. The facility has been designed to not just utilise classrooms, but the buildings themselves and the surrounding environment. On-site facilities include gymnasium, library, open tiered auditorium, café and a new urban square.


175 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150


  • Creation of a new Primary & High School facility for 3,000 students in Western Sydney Suburb
  • High School facility located in 17 storey tower
  • Pioneer of ‘Schools Within Schools’ teaching model
  • Design increases capacity and student outdoor spaces in response to predicted urban densification


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