Steel for the future

Structural steel from the Whyalla Steelworks will be used to build Whyalla's new $100 million high school, creating a generational pipeline of employment and education.

Approximately 650 tonnes of local steel will form the structure of the new school, accounting for 80 per cent of the steel required for the facility and injecting $3.5 million into local industry.

Currently the steelworks does not produce the remaining 20 per cent of the steel needed for the build, which will be sourced elsewhere.

Concept designs for the school were released in October and promise to deliver modern, state-of- the-art school infrastructure catering to 1500 local students in Years 7 to 12.

Designed by Cox Architecture, in collaboration with Thomson Rossi, the new build promises to maximise the amount of Whyalla steel that can be used on the project.

Mining Minister Dan Van Holst Pellekaan, who visited the Whyalla Steelworks on Saturday to make the announcement, said the investment was a significant boost to the local economy.

"Every student who attends this brand new school will know that the steel that's holding their brand new school together was made here in Whyalla, quite likely by their fathers, uncles, or grandfathers," he said.

"It's a fantastic combination of local initiative here on site, building into learning for decades to come."

Minister Van Holst Pellekaan said there would be a focus on employing local workers to build the new school, with the state government working with Cox Architecture on recruitment.

"We will bring in not only as many South Australian workers as possible, but as many Upper Spencer Gulf workers as possible," he said.

"We will use local workers whenever possible."

Liberty Primary Steel Managing Director Jason Schell said the deal with the state government was an example of the high level of confidence in the town's manufacturing sector.

"There will also be further synergies between our operations and the school, as we hope to leverage the facilities for elements of our GFG Foundation program," he said.

"Orders such as this are vital for sustaining our existing operations and workforce, so it's very encouraging that the state government is choosing our product and supporting local business.

"We look forward to further continuing relationships with the South Australian Government and with any other third parties in Australia and our export opportunities.'

Cox Architecture and Thomson Rossi are currently working on their final designs for the school, and will be engaging with the steelworks to specify what size and shape of steel will be required.

Construction of the new school, which will replace Edward John Eyre High School, Whyalla High School and Stuart High School, is expected to begin in early to mid 2020, with the school opening in 2022.