The judges described the project as a good example of a well-planned modern learning environment with a variety of spaces suitable for different pedagogies. In plan, the school’s three interconnecting learning ‘pods’ radiate out from a shared amphitheatre. The architects have considered connections to environment as well to classmates. The central circulation links the pods to a covered courtyard, essential shelter in sunny Tauranga. Refreshing yet calm, the environment created on a modest budget is impressive.
Frequency provided a full project management service for the school including the engagement of the design team, running the procurement process, engineer to the contract, design and construction management from initial conception right through to the school’s new facilities opening.
“By using integrated design methods that we initiate on most of our school projects, we were able to deliver a really high quality school that the community are really happy with and make sure it came in on budget and programme“ says Dylan Workman, Project Director who has delivered scores of schools for the Ministry of Education.
To mitigate the risk of distruption, Frequency worked closely with the school and key stakeholders to plan the project around the schools normal operation. The project team also made it a priority to provide clear visibility into the project’s programme. This allowed the school to plan for disruption if neccessary and ensured a rigorous health and safety plan was adhered to.
The project involved the removal of 12 existing relocatable classrooms from the school site and the construction of a new classroom block while the school remained operational.
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