Five Schools Design Competition (P.P.P.3)

As part of the consortium headed by Downer and Stephenson and Turner Architects, We received the highest possible score from the Ministry of Education for their work on the third PPP (Public Private Partnership) to design five schools across the country. The large multidisciplinary design team lead by Murray Robertson and Mark Newdick developed innovative, state of the art pedagogy based design concepts. Including primary and high schools the project emphasised sustainable design techniques to minimise the impact of the development as well as providing a learning landscape for our future kaitiaki. Tikanga Maori was interwoven throughout each project including ceremonial welcome spaces, freshwater quality initiatives, promotion of self sufficiency through understanding of food production, local ecology and traditional medicinal plants. Extensive sporting facilities and complex traffic requirements had to be efficiently masterplanned onto the sites as well as special needs units for some of the schools.