Dargaville Primary School

Dargaville Primary School
Project description
Complete refurbishment of 3 x 50-year old relocatable classrooms which were dilapidated and due for rationalisation. New build funding could not be sourced so the buildings were stripped back to the framing and built back up to an as-new state with decks on both sides, new pitched roof and weatherboard cladding.

“Our initial thoughts were to demolish these 3 buildings and build new but this was not possible with the funding available. We moved forward with an alternative plan. The bones of the buildings were solid so we started there and created 3 modern classrooms which are weathertight, functional and fit to last another 50 years. The result was delivered very economically in comparison with a new build.”

The classroom block had 3 separate buildings with asbestos cladding, low pitch roof, faulty aluminum windows and countless significant internal issues. The redesign added a shared deck accessed by sliding doors along the back, which leads directly to the field/turf, a new roof, joinery, weatherboard cladding, insulation and internal fit-out. The internal fit-out included new wet areas, suspended ceiling, floor and wall coverings, re-wiring, lighting and fitted storage units. The frames, floor, some of the window and door joinery, and the heat pumps were retained to control costs.

Service detail

Project Management

Work closely with the main contractor, the school (client) and the architect through the planning, QS, design, procurement and delivery stages of the project.

Health & Safety

Manage and monitor the overall project health and safety alongside the main contractor and the school.

Contract Management

Establishing and managing the contract between the client and main contractor.

Procurement & Installation

Manage the contract through procurement to construction completion.

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