The new four-storey, 2,000m² Pipitea Block at Wellington Girls’ College contains new state-of-the-art classrooms, including specialist spaces for audio visual technology, a large new administration centre for the school, and a circulation area linking the new building with the older facilities on the site. Perhaps most importantly, the building provides an impressive entrance to the school, with soaring glass atriums and linkages to existing school buildings.
The fitout was part of the project, and the finishes are appropriately robust for a busy school of 1,300 students but beautifully detailed. The project was constrained by a very tight site and the requirement to manage construction within stringent requirements for noise and disruption within the live school environment. Our site team worked closely with the consultants and the College Principal to ensure minimal disruption to the school.
We also worked collaboratively on developing the accelerated programme, which allowed the numerous design changes to be incorporated within the original contract completion date, while maintaining the highest standards of quality.
Client: Wellington Girls’ College Trust, with funding provided jointly by the College and the Ministry of Education
Completed: June 2011