Ministry of Education

Completion Date

March 2022


Gold Award, 2023 NZ Commercial Project Awards

We are very much enjoying working with the Naylor Love team on-site here at school. They have been very responsive to working in with us to make sure that both the construction and operation of the school are able to continue with minimal disruption.

Gareth Leadbeater

Associate Principal

Major redevelopment of ageing school facilities with a strong sustainability focus.

We completed a major redevelopment at Onehunga High School over two and a half years, replacing ageing buildings – some of which dated back to the school’s foundation in 1959.

We started with the demolition of an existing gymnasium and library and the construction of a new gym on a challenging hillside site. The gym is a hybrid of insitu and precast concrete and steel frame, with a Rooflogic warm roof, aluminium joinery, and Rodeca translucent polycarbonate cladding. The 3,185m2 building includes a main sports floor with retractable bleachers, a weights room, changing rooms and teaching spaces across two floors.

With the gym handed over to the school in November 2021, we started on the new technology block. The two-storey, 2,981m2 building is a concrete structure with a hipped steel roof, with a curtain wall and brick façade. It accommodates a range of kitchens, workshops, laboratories and studios, leading to complex services installation.

An access road we built to facilitate the work ended up being so well used that it was incorporated into the final design, and we rounded of the project with further demolitions and hard landscaping and built a new staff car park.

The project was part of a Naylor Love, Auckland Council and Unitec pilot study that involved carefully tracking the waste generated, leading to some innovative recycling and reuse initiatives that have been adopted more widely and have the potential to significantly reduce the amount of construction waste going to landfill.


Categories: Auckland, Education, Environmental