Three new gyms proposed for rebuild
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.