Christchurch school wins NZCPA Supreme Award

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Te Raekura Redcliffs School has won the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2021.

Entrant Naylor Love Canterbury worked closely with the school community, consultant team, and residential neighbours to achieve a fantastic result.

The 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 multi-purpose hall, and playgrounds.

It 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 judges said the construction team behind the project worked creatively alongside a group of archaeologists to ensure the rich history of this important location was not lost.

There was an impressive community effort in achieving this project, and 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 payout to achieve facilities well beyond what otherwise would have been possible.

Project Partners:

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).

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