Council propose gyms at college
Three new public sports facilities are being considered for an Auckland school that is undergoing a $79 million makeover.
Western Springs College is currently undergoing New Zealand’s largest ever public school rebuild.
The decile 8 school was built on a former landfill site in 1963. Nearly 80 per cent of the college’s existing buildings will be replaced in the rebuild. It will get two new teaching blocks and a gymnasium.
Auckland Council was also looking at adding two more gymnasiums to the plan.
Western Springs College principal Ivan Davis said this would result in three indoor sports facilities that could be shared with the community.
Council was keen on the project because of the college’s 11 hectares of land, no residential neighbours and ample parking, Davis said.
Auckland Council, working with the Ministry of Education, Sport New Zealand and Aktive - Auckland Sports and Recreation, have contributed $30,000 to a feasibility study before a final decision was made.
The council’s parks, sports and recreation general manager Mace Ward said the total cost of the proposed gyms was still being investigated.
Davis said other than the proposed gyms, there were no changes to the original plan of the rebuild.