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Issues Impacting the Rebuild

These Include:
  • The geotechnical suitability of the site - a building platform has been identified in the NE corner of the site which the environmental and engineering consultants consider to be a more ideal location than that of the “streetscape option”
  • Existing building structural conditions - a consultant’s report has led to Auckland Council extending by 25 years the life of some buildings previously considered needing demolition.
  • Health and safety considerations - how staging of any rebuild might occur to ensure optimal conditions for students, staff, visitors and building contractors.
  • Rumaki, MOE Section 156 Designated Character School Application - The Rumaki are currently engaged in this application process with the Ministry of Education. Within section 156 are property and new build entitlements. Should this application be successful, the issue is possible complete separation of the Rumaki.
    Geotechnical Considerations

    Originally the new school was intended to be located on the SW of the site, under a master plan by architects, Brewer Davidson, completed in 2012,

    A new consultant team was procured to progress the design phases of the project – Jasmax were appointed as the new architects. Geotech surveys were undertaken at this point to validate the Brewer Davidson master plan and found the footprint unsuitable.

    With new geotech information, the Jasmax team then developed a design incorporating TAPAC and facing the community on the Motions Road. This was completed and a full concept design was consulted upon with the community in June 2014. The design team was put on standby while the Ministry of Education sought business case and funding approval.

    Between June and December 2015, further geotechnical analysis was undertaken on various options for the redevelopment. During this analysis a building platform was identified which the environmental and engineering consultants consider to be a more ideal location, than where the “streetscape option” was based. The WSC Board disagrees.

    Existing Buildings Structural Conditions

    In July 2014, at the same time that the project had paused for Cabinet approval, structural investigations found that the substructure of the schools’ buildings was not as poor as had been first thought, and the Auckland Council granted a code of compliance, amending the specified intended life of the buildings from the 2 years in place, to 25 years – out to 2039. Further options analysis has been conducted with the benefit of this information which could affect staging and cost.

    Health and Safety

    Health and safety for students, staff and construction workers will impact build staging. Health and Safety risks for any construction on the site are inherent due to the college being located on an old landfill. The school’s revised health and safety policy addresses a number of site specific risks such as: ground settlement, landfill gas, the presence of ACMs and PCBs, and weather tightness. Further detail about these can be found on the school website.

    A report commissioned by the Ministry of Education finds that the health, safety and environment risks at the site during and post redevelopment “are likely to be acceptable”, with comprehensive management. The need for such “comprehensive management” is why the Board has recommended a complete school rebuild. Risk mitigation will be more difficult with existing buildings. The Board recognises that monitoring and management of the risks associated with the location need to be undertaken now, during the re-development, and in the long term.

    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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