Board­ing house re-opens

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - CARLY GOOCH

With all the mod cons, an in­doorout­door flow and all set for win­ter, Nel­son Col­lege’s re­fur­bished Bar­ni­coat board­ing house had its of­fi­cial re-open­ing on Satur­day.

For more than a year, the board­ing house has been un­der­go­ing a ma­jor makeover to bring it up to speed with the needs of stu­dents in tech­no­log­i­cal times.

The to­tal cost of the project came to $2.3 mil­lion, which was funded by the school.

Nel­son Col­lege deputy prin­ci­pal Tim Tucker said the rooms were now wi-fi en­abled with im­proved light­ing, stor­age, mod­ern desks as well as car­peted floors and ra­di­a­tors.

Orig­i­nally built in 1931, he said they had re­mained faith­ful to the board­ing house’s her­itage value, sport­ing tra­di­tional colours, ‘‘which is re­ally ob­vi­ous when you look at the house’’.

Tucker said they hoped to do the same when it was time to ren­o­vate Ruther­ford House.

The house had been com­pletely stripped in­side and out, in­clud­ing staff ac­com­mo­da­tion, he said.

As well as mak­ing sure the boys had a com­fort­able space to live in, he said an ad­di­tional goal was to con­tinue to at­tract qual­ity staff.

‘‘That is go­ing to be so much eas­ier when you’ve got re­ally de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion to put them in.’’

The of­fi­cial open­ing saw more than 80 peo­ple in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing old boys, the board of trustees and project man­agers.

The im­prove­ment to the board­ing house was a real ‘‘com­mu­nity achieve­ment’’ the re­sult of ‘‘a fair bit of brav­ery and courage from the board’’, Tucker said.

He said the re-open­ing cer­e­mony was a ‘‘re­ally pos­i­tive and af­firm­ing’’ af­ter­noon and ‘‘in­cred­i­bly en­joy­able for the hard work and all the ef­fort and ded­i­ca­tion that had gone in’’.

PHOTO: MARTIN DE RUYTER/ FAIRFAX NZ

Nel­son Col­lege Head­mas­ter Gary O’Shea, cen­tre,at the open­ing of the re­fur­bished Bar­ni­coat House.

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