Con­tracters break ground at school

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ALAS­TAIR LYNN

It’s get­ting down to the busi­ness end of con­struc­tion at Free­mans Bay School.

Due to the school’s small site, sev­eral months have been spent shift­ing class­rooms and or­gan­is­ing util­i­ties, but builders can fi­nally pick up their tools.

‘‘This is a big mile­stone for the school, which needs a sig­nif­i­cant re­build to ac­com­mo­date roll growth and re­me­di­ate leaky build­ings,’’ as­so­ci­ate ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Nikki Kaye says.

The $19.2 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment will see the school al­most en­tirely re­built. Most of the build­ings were built in the 60s and 70s which have de­vel­oped wa­ter­tight­ness is­sues and con­tain as­bestos.

Free­mans Bay School Board of Trus­tees chair­man Peter Bate­man says the in­te­rior de­sign de­tails of new build­ings have now been fi­nalised.

The new build­ings in­clude a hall, ad­min­is­tra­tion block, library and a two-storey learn­ing block. Once com­plete, the school will be able to cater to a roll of 600 pupils and al­low for a fu­ture ca­pac­ity for 1200 if nec­es­sary.

The re­de­vel­op­ment is due to be com­pleted by the end of 2017. This will en­able the new fa­cil­i­ties to be used from the start of Term 1 in 2018.

Bate­man says work on de­mol­ish­ing the school’s old build­ings will be­gin dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days.

PHOTO: ALAS­TAIR LYNN / FAIR­FAX NZ

Free­mans Bay School prin­ci­pal San­dra Jenk­ins and Board of Trus­tees chair­man Peter Bate­man.

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