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Naylor Love Canterbury Ltd
Canopy Landscape Architects (Architect/Designer), Powell Fenwick (Engineer), Ruamoko Solutions (Engineer), Tennent Brown Architects (Architect/Designer), The Building Intelligence Group (Project Manager), Tonkin + Taylor (Engineer), Underground Overground (Archaeologist), WT Partnership (Cost Consultants)
Te Raekura Redcliffs School
Te Raekura Redcliffs School opened in June 2020 after almost nine years at a temporary site following the Canterbury earthquakes. The new campus includes 13 teaching spaces, administration areas, a library, a multipurpose hall, and playgrounds. The new school contains wool wall insulation and PV panels. It also features CarboNZero certified and NZ recyclable interface carpet tiles.
A stand-out feature is an integration of playscapes throughout the school grounds rather than being just in isolated playgrounds. Cubby holes are also set into the vertical face of the decking to provide quieter ‘chill out’ play spaces for kids. Key challenges included difficult site conditions, such as liquefaction, lateral spread, flood plain, coastal inundation zone, in-ground tanks, and contamination.
The construction team behind this project worked creatively alongside a group of archaeologists to ensure that the rich history of this important location was not lost.
There was an impressive community effort in achieving this project. The team never lost sight of their end goal, despite operating from an alternative school site for several years.
Te Raekura Redcliffs School obtained maximum value from the earthquake insurance pay out to achieve facilities well beyond what otherwise would have been possible. The construction team worked very closely with the school community, consultant team and residential neighbours to achieve a fantastic result.