School repairs to start on leaky buildings
Schools faced with leaky building problems are eagerly awaiting the start of repair work.
Sandringham’s Edendale Primary and Mt Albert Grammar School are among four Auckland schools identified as having leaky building syndrome earlier this year.
Three Edendale blocks built between 1994 and 1998 are affected, including the school library. Problems were discovered five years ago and children have been dealing with classrooms that leak on rainy days ever since.
The school has gained consents for building work to begin and is looking at quotes from contractors.
Principal Rosemary Vivien says she will be relieved to see the work begin.
The leaky building problem has become a focus for the school, with children completing projects on the subject.
“It’s good for the children to be able to understand and talk about it,” she says.
“We will be doing a unit on building and they will be able to see how the repair process works.”
Mt Albert Grammar School is also preparing for work to start on an eight-year-old classroom block showing signs of leaky building syndrome.
Its 24 classrooms and a toilet block are affected.
Principal Dale Burden says the Education Ministry has been working with the school to assess the extent of the damage and repairs should begin in 2009 and take about a year.
He says while there are no health and safety risks, after heavy rain the rooms need to be aired and it has been inconvenient for staff and students.
He is confident the work will not affect the day-to-day running of the school.
“We will stage the repairs in such a way that there will be no disruption to the students,” he says.
The Education Ministry’s northern region manager of network provision, Ray Webb, says it is committed to ensuring the buildings are repaired or replaced to a suitable standard.
“At the moment, the ministry is working through the design and building consent stages of the process,” Mr Webb says.
“Once these hurdles have been cleared we will be in a good position to confirm a timeframe for building work to start.”
Both schools will have temporary measures in place during the repair or replacement process to allow them to operate without using the affected buildings.