Fortitude Valley State Secondary School

Fortitude Valley State Secondary School


Hutchinson Builders, Department of Education


Fortitude Valley
Brisbane, QLD 4006



Project Timeline

2019 - 2022


Architects – Cox Architecture, Thomson Adsett

Builder – Hutchinson Builders

Project Manager – Donald Cant Watts Corke (DCWC)

Signage Contractor – Intasign Australia
Photographer – Angus Martin Photography

This development represents a landmark historic event, as the first school to be built in inner city Brisbane in over 50 years.

Painted supergraphics on lift core and wayfinding sign

Nestled between St Pauls Terrace, Brookes Street and the railway line in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s first ever vertical school was handed over in June 2020, with the Sports Centre recently completed in 2022.

This state-of-the art education facility was delivered by the Queensland Department of Education in conjunction with the Queensland University of Technology.

Suspended wayfinding signs in corridor
Room threshold treatment

The wayfinding concept was inspired by the new architecture – incorporating perforated patterning and striking angles which referenced the façade and footprint of the site.

Level identification number supergraphic
Wayfinding directional sign

To ensure the system was inclusive for all, our design aligned with the Design Standards for DETE Facilities (Department of Education, Training and Employment), Disability Discrimination Act, National Construction Code and Australian Standards.

The resulting system incorporated braille on all directional signs, with a clever design that conformed to budgetary constraints and allowed for updates for future stages of development.

Fabricated gold school directional sign
Perforated timber court number in gymnasium
gymnasium sport courts

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