The two-level building housing the new teaching spaces will be situated where rooms A, B and C and the junior playground were located.
The ground will be excavated so that the upper level opens out onto the bottom court, and the lower level will open out onto a paved area facing Ohariu Road. This will ensure that both levels have good indoor/outdoor flow. The two-level design allows us to retain more greenspace and futureproof the site for when further developments may be required.
The design has four learning spaces on the upper level and three on the lower level. Each level has:
- Three break-out spaces
- A technology hub
- Accessibility lift
- Full-height and double-glazed windows
- Good ventilation and heating, and interior features to manage acoustics
Heath and Safety
Our new buildings will be 100 percent compliant with Building and Ministry of Education standards.
The safety of children, staff and visitors will be our high priority. Health and safety plans will be in place for any work starting on site and will be actively managed throughout construction. We will enforce a strict no access policy to any of the construction zones during the build process. The swimming pool, Premier Preschool, Special Education Unit, all other classrooms, and the courts will remain accessible throughout the build.
Publicly available information on the Ministry of Education design guidelines are available at http://www.education.govt.nz/school/property-and-transport/projects-and-design/design/
- September 2018: Ministry of Education announces that Johnsonville school will get seven new learning spaces
- 2019: Ministry of Education engaged WSP architects to develop the plans for new learning spaces
- 2020-21: Ministry and the Board of Trustees work with WSP Architects to design the building
- July 2021: Designs approved by the Ministry
- Feb – March 2022: Funding secured and site preparation begins with demolition of the old rooms A, B and C
- Late 2023 – early 2024: Building is completed