Our project at Te Aro School was split into two stages: Separable Portion 1 involved the demolition of Block B and construction of Block M; Separable Portion 2 involved demolition and making good of Block C.

We unearthed an old well during the demolition of Block B, which turned out to be part of the Terrace Gaol. This historic discovery, dating back to around 1860, made its way into the final design as a feature in Block M.

Block M is a single-storey timber framed building, clad with Titan and weatherboard, and enclosed by a Rooflogic warm roof. The new block provides six breakout rooms, two flexible working spaces, four toilets and a kitchen area.

Prior to Separable Portion 2 commencing, we held a community meeting with local stakeholders to inform them of the upcoming demolition and asbestos removal. The meeting provided detailed information on how the work would adhere to WorkSafe and Ministry of Education guidelines and was very well received. The asbestos removal was carefully planned to occur during school holidays and to be complete prior to the students returning.

The project was completed on time and within budget, for the most part due to the close working relationships between Naylor Love, McKenzie Higham Architects and the Ministry of Education.

Client: Ministry of Education
Completed: February 2021

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