Harrison Secondary School


The ACT Department of Education and Training


Canberra, ACT



Contract type

Design and Construct


Jan 12

The Harrison School project won the 2012 Master Builders’ Association Building Excellence Award for projects $30 million plus. It was also nominated for the 2012 National MBA Building Excellence Award.
The Harrison Secondary School totals 9 buildings with 3 of these being two-storey and include 69 classrooms.
The buildings include:

  • A large 2 court gymnasium with sprung flooring, showering facilities and storage areas. The gymnasium also includes a performing arts raised stage area with lighting and curtain front and back drops.
  • A hospitality building with multiple kitchen facilities within each classroom.
  • A science building with laboratory facilities including safety exhausts and spray down areas.
  • An administrative building with multiple offices, a library and staff areas.
  • A performing arts building with large dance, music and sound-proof rooms.
  • Woodwork and metalwork classrooms with safety exhausts and spray down areas.

The buildings have been designed to achieve the highest possible sustainable outcome being GBCA 5 Star – Green Star Rating.
Landscaping includes a 4 court concrete netball / basketball playing area, as well as a number of grass and concreted quadrangles with seating and shaded areas for students. There is also a large car park at the front of the school which includes a dropoff land and bus parking areas.
Shoba Cole (Architects) were employed as the design consultants to assist St Hilliers with the design phase of this project, while the construction was managed by St Hilliers.

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