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Trafix 2000 Barriers Surround Futuristic School Project

Arthur Phillip High School & Parramatta Public School
Watpac, July 2018


Watpac is currently constructing two new schools – Arthur Phillip High and Parramatta Public. The project, valued at $187 million, is set to deliver a new high-rise high school for up to 2,000 students. Additionally, Parramatta Public School will have a new multi-storey building. This will ultimately accommodate up to 1,000 students on the existing school site. This project will take the small heritage listed school into the new century as the first high rise vertical concept school in NSW.


Watpac was contracted for a scope of works including demolition, construction and landscaping. The project included demolition of the existing schools and upgrading the heritage buildings on each site. Furthermore, Watpac would landscape a rooftop garden area for Parramatta Public School. Workers would also build sports fields for Arthur Phillip High School.

With a peak workforce of 400 people and a congested CBD location, the project managers needed a barrier solution to cordon off a length of the footpath. The construction perimeter extended across the footpath and to the road’s edge. Therefore, water-filled barriers needed to be placed along one closed lane.


Jaybro supplied Watpac with 45 Trafix 2000 Water Filled Barriers stretching 90 linear metres. Workers installed these along neighbouring Macquarie Street. The barriers providing a safe and visible separation between pedestrians and traffic along the street.

The Trafix 2000 Waterfilled Barrier is an innovative Australian designed and manufactured barrier that is built for the toughest conditions. Strong UV resistant polyethylene gives added durability against the harsh Australian sun. Insect proof lights and signage can also be attached, thereby giving 24-hour traffic control.

Construction on the project is likely to be completed by 2020.


Watpac is currently delivering the new Arthur Phillip High and Parramatta Public Schools. Part of a $225 million project to transform the heritage listed schools, the upgrade would see the original buildings turned into high rise educational precincts capable of housing a total of 3000 students.

The first of its kind for the NSW Government, the project presents a unique opportunity to construct schools in the heart of the Parramatta CBD. These two schools multi-storey educational facilities intend to meet Sydney’s increasing residential density.

The scope of works will include demolition of the existing schools, upgrade of the existing heritage buildings on each site and landscaping of a rooftop garden area for Parramatta Public School. Additionally, sports fields will be constructed for Arthur Phillip High School.

Far from being another high rise office block in disguise, the plans will see the school gain three times the amount of outdoor area than they currently have. Innovative design techniques have been used to maximise outdoor recreation areas whilst building on a compact footprint in the CBD.


  • System used: Trafix 2000 Waterfilled Barriers
  • Time Period: Installed July 2018
  • Customer: WATPAC
  • Quantity: 45 Trafix 2000 Waterfilled Barriers
  • Install Length: 90m


Length: 2100mm
Height: 900mm
Width: 500mm
Weight: 20kgs (EMPTY)
327kgs (FULL)
Material Strength Tested to
AS/NZS 4766:2006
UV20 Protection to ASTM D2565
5 Year Warranty


Arthur Phillip High School
Parramatta Public School

Parramatta NSW, Australia


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