Inner City South State Secondary College

Inner City South State Secondary College

Empowered students | Quality teaching | Innovative spaces | Engaged community

Project overview

The new Inner City South State Secondary College (SSC) will deliver an inspiring, contemporary teaching and learning environment in Brisbane's inner south. The new school will service the growing communities in and around Brisbane’s inner south and provide additional enrolment capacity in the network of inner Brisbane secondary schools.

Over the last 10 years, around 5000 additional students have joined Queensland state schools in and around the Brisbane CBD. This growth is set to continue with more than 3000 additional students expected to move into inner Brisbane in the next five years.

The school will welcome its first intake of Foundation Year 7 students at the start of Term 1, 2021 and will deliver an innovative and world class education and curriculum through its exciting partnership with the University of Queensland (UQ).

These outstanding new learning and creative spaces will also be available for community use as the new school cements its place in this dynamic inner urban context.

School location

The Inner City South SSC in Dutton Park will sit proudly within Brisbane’s Knowledge Corridor, providing exciting opportunities for the development of its collaborative partnerships with UQ and other local programs and facilities.

The school will also contribute to the significant urban renewal occurring in and around Dutton Park. This location was chosen as it represents a nation-leading education, health, research and hospital precinct serviced by major public transport hubs including Brisbane’s Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro initiatives.

Concept master plan and design

BVN architects were appointed as the Principal Consultants in November 2018 and the Brisbane based team of consultants have worked closely with the department’s project team to develop the concept master plan and design.

The master plan for the school includes multiple buildings centred around an outdoor learning oasis.

The master plan includes six main elements that form the new Inner City South State Secondary College including a creative hub, administration hub, two innovative learning hubs, a health and wellbeing hub and a multipurpose hall.

A third learning hub can be accommodated on the site in the future if required.

Creative hub: The creative hub will include facilities for visual arts, music, performing arts, multimedia and enterprise as well as the information hub.

Learning hubs: The learning hubs will include classrooms and specialised facilities for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), communication and humanities and social sciences.

Health and wellbeing hub: The health and wellbeing hub is located adjacent to the multipurpose hall and includes the canteen, food science facilities and hospitality facilities.

Administration hub: The administration hub will include student services, staff areas and offices, and the lecture theatre.

Sports: The multipurpose hall will include two indoor multipurpose sports courts. An additional outdoor sports court will be located adjacent to the hall. Students will access off-site ovals at a dedicated facility in Rocklea.

Green space: The learning oasis has been designed to bring green space into the heart of the campus. This will provide outdoor space for learning and social interaction. Additional green space will also be provided along Gladstone Road with an active park adjacent to Gair Park.

Traffic and transport: Delivering a school in an urban environment requires greater consideration of the traffic and transport requirements. The department is actively working with the Department of Transport and Main Road and Brisbane City Council to ensure the requirements of the local road network are considered in the master plan.

The key local road amendments detailed in the master plan include:

  • Denbigh Street will be closed and replaced with a new street opening at the western edge of the school site to connect with TJ Doyle Memorial Drive, this intersection on Gladstone Road will be signalised;

  • Lochaber Street will be closed at Gladstone Road with traffic diverted via the new street – this change will significantly improve road safety;

  • The slip road on Gladstone Road will be redirected to Lochaber Street;

  • Maldon Street will become a one-way through road from Annerley Road to Gladstone Road; and

  • A new pedestrian crossing will be installed on the north side of the Annerley Road and Peter Doherty Street intersection.

A large 300 plus bike storage facility will form part of the end-of-trip facilities to be constructed under the creative hub.

A two level carpark will be located below the multipurpose hall for staff, parents and school visitors, which will be accessible from Grantham Street.

Click here to view the concept master plan and design.

Community input

Valuable community and stakeholder feedback has informed the development of the concept design for the new high school for Dutton Park. This includes input provided through previous consultation events and submissions. In addition, a cross-agency workshop was held in November 2018 to seek input from a broad range of government agencies, school leaders and key stakeholders.

The Department of Education undertook community consultation on the concept master plan and design between 29 March and 12 May 2019.

Delivery and staging

Construction will commence in late 2019, with Stage 1A to be delivered for Term 1, 2021 for Foundation Year 7 students.

Additional facilities and stages will continue to be progressively delivered to facilitate growth by year level each year, until 2026, when the school will offer Years 7 to Years 12.

University of Queensland partnership

The department has been working in partnership with University of Queensland to shape the vision and identity of this new school for Dutton Park.

This partnership is a an innovative and exciting opportunity to enable the new Inner City South SCC to create an outstanding place of learning in a renowned knowledge precinct.

Learning and teaching will be enhanced through this exciting partnership with UQ.

Faculties of Science and Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology - two of Australia’s powerhouses of leading researchers and educators present wonderful opportunities to connect students with higher order thinking and new horizons and opportunities.

Further, support for students and their families through the expertise and services of the Faculty of Health and Behavioral Sciences will also contribute to the fabric of the services provided by the school.


Last updated 13 May 2019

Inner City South State Secondary College

Empowered students | Quality teaching | Innovative spaces | Engaged community

Project overview

The new Inner City South State Secondary College (SSC) will deliver an inspiring, contemporary teaching and learning environment in Brisbane's inner south. The new school will service the growing communities in and around Brisbane’s inner south and provide additional enrolment capacity in the network of inner Brisbane secondary schools.

Over the last 10 years, around 5000 additional students have joined Queensland state schools in and around the Brisbane CBD. This growth is set to continue with more than 3000 additional students expected to move into inner Brisbane in the next five years.

The school will welcome its first intake of Foundation Year 7 students at the start of Term 1, 2021 and will deliver an innovative and world class education and curriculum through its exciting partnership with the University of Queensland (UQ).

These outstanding new learning and creative spaces will also be available for community use as the new school cements its place in this dynamic inner urban context.

School location

The Inner City South SSC in Dutton Park will sit proudly within Brisbane’s Knowledge Corridor, providing exciting opportunities for the development of its collaborative partnerships with UQ and other local programs and facilities.

The school will also contribute to the significant urban renewal occurring in and around Dutton Park. This location was chosen as it represents a nation-leading education, health, research and hospital precinct serviced by major public transport hubs including Brisbane’s Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro initiatives.

Concept master plan and design

BVN architects were appointed as the Principal Consultants in November 2018 and the Brisbane based team of consultants have worked closely with the department’s project team to develop the concept master plan and design.

The master plan for the school includes multiple buildings centred around an outdoor learning oasis.

The master plan includes six main elements that form the new Inner City South State Secondary College including a creative hub, administration hub, two innovative learning hubs, a health and wellbeing hub and a multipurpose hall.

A third learning hub can be accommodated on the site in the future if required.

Creative hub: The creative hub will include facilities for visual arts, music, performing arts, multimedia and enterprise as well as the information hub.

Learning hubs: The learning hubs will include classrooms and specialised facilities for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), communication and humanities and social sciences.

Health and wellbeing hub: The health and wellbeing hub is located adjacent to the multipurpose hall and includes the canteen, food science facilities and hospitality facilities.

Administration hub: The administration hub will include student services, staff areas and offices, and the lecture theatre.

Sports: The multipurpose hall will include two indoor multipurpose sports courts. An additional outdoor sports court will be located adjacent to the hall. Students will access off-site ovals at a dedicated facility in Rocklea.

Green space: The learning oasis has been designed to bring green space into the heart of the campus. This will provide outdoor space for learning and social interaction. Additional green space will also be provided along Gladstone Road with an active park adjacent to Gair Park.

Traffic and transport: Delivering a school in an urban environment requires greater consideration of the traffic and transport requirements. The department is actively working with the Department of Transport and Main Road and Brisbane City Council to ensure the requirements of the local road network are considered in the master plan.

The key local road amendments detailed in the master plan include:

  • Denbigh Street will be closed and replaced with a new street opening at the western edge of the school site to connect with TJ Doyle Memorial Drive, this intersection on Gladstone Road will be signalised;

  • Lochaber Street will be closed at Gladstone Road with traffic diverted via the new street – this change will significantly improve road safety;

  • The slip road on Gladstone Road will be redirected to Lochaber Street;

  • Maldon Street will become a one-way through road from Annerley Road to Gladstone Road; and

  • A new pedestrian crossing will be installed on the north side of the Annerley Road and Peter Doherty Street intersection.

A large 300 plus bike storage facility will form part of the end-of-trip facilities to be constructed under the creative hub.

A two level carpark will be located below the multipurpose hall for staff, parents and school visitors, which will be accessible from Grantham Street.

Click here to view the concept master plan and design.

Community input

Valuable community and stakeholder feedback has informed the development of the concept design for the new high school for Dutton Park. This includes input provided through previous consultation events and submissions. In addition, a cross-agency workshop was held in November 2018 to seek input from a broad range of government agencies, school leaders and key stakeholders.

The Department of Education undertook community consultation on the concept master plan and design between 29 March and 12 May 2019.

Delivery and staging

Construction will commence in late 2019, with Stage 1A to be delivered for Term 1, 2021 for Foundation Year 7 students.

Additional facilities and stages will continue to be progressively delivered to facilitate growth by year level each year, until 2026, when the school will offer Years 7 to Years 12.

University of Queensland partnership

The department has been working in partnership with University of Queensland to shape the vision and identity of this new school for Dutton Park.

This partnership is a an innovative and exciting opportunity to enable the new Inner City South SCC to create an outstanding place of learning in a renowned knowledge precinct.

Learning and teaching will be enhanced through this exciting partnership with UQ.

Faculties of Science and Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology - two of Australia’s powerhouses of leading researchers and educators present wonderful opportunities to connect students with higher order thinking and new horizons and opportunities.

Further, support for students and their families through the expertise and services of the Faculty of Health and Behavioral Sciences will also contribute to the fabric of the services provided by the school.


Last updated 13 May 2019