The next phase of Queensland’s first-ever vertical school provides a state-of-the-art sports centre and senior learning precinct.

Stage 2 of Fortitude Valley State Secondary College, inner-Brisbane’s first secondary school in more than 50 years, has been completed. It represents a $143 million government investment in the local community.

Stage 2 alone was a $43 million investment that adds a state-of-the-art senior learning precinct to the school, ready for the first cohort of Year 10 students in 2023. This phase of the building project has added 13 classrooms for Years 10 to 12 and a sports facility for all students.

The new classrooms include two industrial technology labs, two industry-standard kitchens, three senior science labs, one textiles studio, two visual arts studios and three breakout spaces for independent and group learning, all built above an enclosed sports facility with two multi-purpose courts.

ThomsonAdsett was engaged to develop the original design by Cox Architecture. Critical budget issues were addressed whilst retaining the design intent and improving the functionality of the school for its users.

ThomsonAdsett worked collaboratively with the school leadership team to customise the design to suit their model of school operation with a focus on staff and student circulation.


Queensland Government Department of Education


Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia


Construction Administration

Construction Documentation

Design Development

Interior Design


Stage 2 completed 2022
Stage 1 completed 2020


$43 million


Cox Architecture


The new senior learning precinct is a fantastic asset for the community. It has given our school a range of specialist teaching spaces for our senior students that will allow us to provide rich and authentic learning experiences.

Sharon Barker, Foundation Principal
Fortitude Valley State Secondary College