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The state government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has announced the start of construction of the Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct.

The Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct, which will include purpose-built education facilities, is planned to be completed in 2022.

The Precinct’s core area will feature new primary and secondary schools with facilities integrated into the landscape and improved TAFE NSW Meadowbank facilities.

The new primary school and new secondary school facilities are expected to significantly increase connectivity to major transport hubs and offer students contemporary and flexible learning spaces.

The NSW Government, in a statement, said: “A Masterplan, incorporating the schools, TAFE NSW Meadowbank and the wider Meadowbank and West Ryde area, is being developed to ensure the Precinct is an integrated, accessible and liveable place.”

Designed by construction company Roberts Pizzarotti, the new facilities will accommodate 1,000 primary students, 1,500 secondary students and 120 intensive English students.

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The improved TAFE NSW campus, which is designed by Hansen Yuncken, will comprise new combined Multi-Trades and Digital Technology Hub. The planning approval for the TAFE NSW project is expected in the coming months.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said: “The schools received planning approval through the NSW Government’s Planning System Acceleration Program, which is keeping the economy moving and people in jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Together, the schools and TAFE projects will support almost 1900 construction jobs.”

Over the four years period, the NSW Government is investing A$6.7bn to deliver more than 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities.

Illustration of the Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct. (Credit: NSW Government)