The Ministry of Education
For 12 years the primary school in the Gardens community, Manurewa has been leaking.
Arrow was engaged by the Ministry of Education (MOE) as the main contractor to build a new school for the community in 2016.
When the new building is completed in 2017 it will encompass a 4,500m2 over three levels of ‘innovative learning environments’ – the MOE’s terminology for a learning environment that includes the physical, social, and pedagogical context in which learning occurs. This innovative environment supports strengths-based teaching and learning. It offers students and teachers flexibility, agency, ubiquity, and connectedness.
A CCTV camera was installed so the school could create a time-lapse videos to go on their website about the project. They have also got an Instagram page dedicated to their new school showing just how much interest there is in this community project.
The Arrow team have encouraged students to take an interest in the construction by erecting a viewing platform in the corner of the field that incorporates QR Codes the students can scan to find out what’s happening on site.
The construction team are working within a live school environment with close neighbours and staff and students operating from prefabricated buildings that sit close by on the sports field.
The school will include an “all in one” teaching environment with open plan learning communities, technology spaces such as food/hard tech, office/administration, library, media space and a large double height multipurpose hall/gymnasium. Several large open voids span between the three levels containing stairwells and providing visual links through the levels above/below.
The building is made up of a mixture of precast concrete walls, floors and columns along with structural steel beams that span the width of the building to create large open spaces underneath.
The project also includes a re-development of the surrounding landscape area including new hard courts and playground.