Shotover Primary School2017-08-22T02:25:26+12:00
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Shotover Primary School

Sector: Education


Client: Ministry of Education


Dates: October 2013 – February 2015


Project Location: Queenstown


Frequency Role: Project Manager


Shotover Primary School is designed to accommodate 450 students from Years 1 to 8 and is located in the Wakatipu Basin, Queenstown. The new Primary School has been master planned to accommodate a long-term enrolment of 650 students.

The brief was to deliver 3,500m² of buildings in addition to outdoor learning areas and external works which would include hard & soft landscaping and car parks. The scope of the project increased to include a shared sporting facility with the Queenstown Lakes District Council. It was also required to achieve a 5 star built rating from NZ Green Building Council.

Frequency was engaged to provide full project management services including engaging the design team and running the procurement process. We also assumed the Engineer to the Contract role and fulfilled the design management and construction administration roles from inception through to project closeout.

We successfully delivered sufficient accommodation to allow the school to open on 2 February 2015 with the remainder of the school completed in the 1st quarter of 2015 as programmed.

Key Challenges:

  • The compressed programme required an innovative procurement strategy with a separate civil contractor undertaking an enabling works package whilst the main contract was tendered at developed design to bring the start on site date forward. Frequency developed this in conjunction with RLB, AECOM and the Ministry to co-ordinate the tender documentation.
  • The remoteness of the project required collaboration between the entire project team, including the contractor, to ensure that the supply chain could maintain the fabrication of critical elements to meet the demanding timeframes.
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Ministry agreed to extend the multipurpose building into a full size gymnasium partway through the project. This required extensive stakeholder engagement with the QLDC, Ministry and numerous community stakeholders to finalise the design and agree the operating agreements. There were significant cost and time implications which we negotiated with the contractor.