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Ministry of Education Statement on Redevelopment

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The Associate Minister of Education, Hon Nikki Kaye announced on Friday, 13 November, that the Government will invest around $75 million to redevelop Aucklandís Western Springs College and around $4 million to upgrade TAPAC, the Auckland Performing Arts Centre, situated on the school site.

This is a major step forward for the Western Springs College Board and school community, including Nga Puna o Waiorea Maori immersion-Rumaki unit.

As has been noted previously, the complexity and size of the WSC redevelopment is such that the decision on the budget for this redevelopment was made by Cabinet.

Five options were included in the business case considered by Cabinet. These options ranged from the upgrade of existing facilities through to co-location on the nearby Pasadena Intermediate site.

Option for WSC Redevelopment

The option chosen by Cabinet was a major redevelopment and upgrade of the school, at a cost of approximately $75 million, which ensures a rebuild of most of the current school, with nearly 80 per cent of the existing teaching spaces replaced entirely.

This option will allow for;

  • Two brand new teaching blocks, comprising 64 new teaching spaces, including 12 teaching spaces for Nga Puna o Waiorea, the collegeís Maori immersion-Rumaki unit;
  • A new gymnasium;
  • Existing hall and administration area to be upgraded;
  • 17 teaching spaces to be upgraded;
  • Site infrastructure and services issues to be addressed;
  • Design to resolve landfill gas issues around new buildings
  • The rebuild will be to new school specifications in new teaching blocks, and modernisation of other buildings. It will also allow for future roll growth.

    In addition to the redevelopment of Western Springs College, approximately $4 million has been confirmed to upgrade TAPAC, the Auckland Performing Arts Centre. This work is expected to be carried out at the same time as the redevelopment.

    Next Steps

  • A detailed timeline is being developed with the school;
  • Final design, procurement, consenting and review is expected to be completed in time for work to commence between late 2016 and mid-2017;
  • Based on information currently available, the redevelopment will be completed by late 2018.
  • The Ministry said it appreciated the integrity and professionalism of the Board during the process and look forward to working with the board and the community to progress the work programme to deliver the best outcomes for the school in 2018.

    Work begins on WSC rebuild
    Auckland's Western Springs College $79 million rebuild plans revealed - stuff.co.nz
    Community Meeting 15/6/2016
    Presentation of the Masterplan
    Ministry of Education Statement on Redevelopment 13/11/2015
    Issues Impacting the Rebuild
    The Board's Position
    Redevelopment Communications
    Project Timeline
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