Three new gyms pro­posed for re­build

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

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.

Coun­cil wanted to im­prove ac­cess for Auck­lan­ders to sport and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties by fos­ter­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­vest­ment and greater shar­ing of school and com­mu­nity as­sets, Ward said.

‘‘As part of this project, a num­ber of pi­lots are be­ing ex­plored in­clud­ing a po­ten­tial part­ner­ship with Western Springs Col­lege.’’

Ward said part­ner­ships with schools of­fered sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties to max­imis­ing value of com­bined in­vest­ments.

‘‘MOE has plans to de­velop one new in­door court for school use and the fea­si­bil­ity study is ex­plor- ing the po­ten­tial to de­velop ad­di­tional in­door courts.’’

Davis said other than the pro­posed gyms, there were no changes to the orig­i­nal plan of the re­build.

Con­struc­tion work was al­ready un­der­way with the de­mo­li­tion of one of the build­ings to make way for a new 126 me­ter­long build­ing, which will be ready in June or July.

About $75m will be spent on the school and $4m on The Auck­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (TAPAC) on the school’s grounds.

The re­build was ex­pected to be com­pleted by Fe­bru­ary, 2019.

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