Ministry of Education
NZ Commercial Project Awards 2017 – Silver Award, Education category
The Naylor Love team have been a professional, dedicated and hard working team to have on site. Health and Safety is a priority. Management understand and work around the complexities that are part of working in the education sector.
Principal, Ngaio School
Close collaboration with the wider community key to project success.
Our project at Ngaio School began with the demolition of an earthquake-prone hall and classrooms, which we replaced with a new two-storey timber clad, steel framed building, designed to be in keeping with the remainder of the school but providing a safe, modern learning environment that maximises the available space.
There are eight teaching spaces inside the new building, separated with acoustic rated partitions that can be removed to offer a large open space leading on to a communal breakout area on each floor. The pitched ceilings on the second storey and abundance of natural light throughout provides the students with a comfortable and peaceful learning environment. We also fixed up weather-tightness issues on 14 other classrooms during the project.
This was a challenging job, with the school sited on a very steep slope in a hillside suburb that has limited parking and very narrow streets – careful coordination of deliveries was essential. The new classroom block also adjoins two existing school buildings, so we needed to keep the surrounding buildings dry and operational in a live school environment.
The number one priority throughout was keeping the students safe in the middle of a busy building site – high risk activities such as the removal of asbestos and the demolition works were programmed for weekends and holidays.
Communication was key to the success of this project – we held a community presentation to raise awareness and interest before we started on site, then followed this up with flyer drops around the neighbourhood, inserts in the school newsletter and a series of liaison meetings with the school. We ended up becoming part of the school community for the year we were on site, holding a poster competition, being interviewed for the students’ careers assignments, and even carefully relocating a bird’s-nest that the students spotted!