Ministry of Education

Completion Date

September 2022


Silver Award, 2023 NZ Commercial Project Awards

A key aspect of the build was that Naylor Love had key staff on site who were practical, experienced, and able to present to the consultant team viable solutions when confronted by a potential issue on site.

Wayne Philips


Close collaboration achieves best-for-project outcomes at Hagley College.

We built two new specialist subject hubs at Hagley College, Auripo and Wainuku. Auripo is a two-storey building that incorporates performing arts learning spaces and a full-size auditorium. Wainuku is a single level building that houses a variety of workshops and labs to support the school’s comprehensive visual and creative arts and technology curriculum.

We were involved before construction started on an ECI basis, working with the client and consultants to ensure the project met budget requirements. Working collaboratively, we achieved over $1m of cost savings on Auripo alone without compromising on the functionality of the learning environment. A highly coordinated set of construction drawings and robust services coordination produced by the project team with Naylor Love’s assistance ensured that the final programme was six months shorter than originally anticipated.

Our open working relationship with the wider project team continued during the build, when we worked together to re-sequence the programme during Covid-related shortages and delays. We also assisted with a part re-design, changing methodologies to reduce costs and make up time lost to resource issues.

Health and safety is always a key concern when working in a school, especially when we needed to maintain an accessway between the two buildings. A clever gate system, careful scheduling of deliveries and disruptive work, and frequent toolbox talks ensured that we fostered a safe environment for both the workers and the school community.


Categories: Canterbury & Nelson, Education, Pre-Construction