Hora Hora Primary School

Ministry of Education
Project description
Major Development of 10 classrooms and associated temporary and enabling works.

“Having had a long-standing relationship with the school, it was a privilege to work with the school and consultants on this much-needed development of 10 new classrooms, toilets and resource spaces. We are proud the space includes provision for the preparation of Kai for the Tamariki ensuring they learn vital skills and are properly nourished for the school day, a credit to the leadership of the school.”

Ben Tomason

Hora Hora Primary School was experiencing significant roll growth, this required an immediate temporary solution in limited space with difficult access. In order to build the new block many buildings needed to be removed first, including some with asbestos contamination. Not only that further temporary arrangements were needed to house those students until the new build was complete. In total seven temporary classrooms were mobilised. To get some of them in and provide access to the new build platform an access road across a public reserve was required to be installed. Once temporary arrangements were in place the build commenced, a key element of the design was natural ventilation and durable materials that were in keeping with the heritage look of the school along with the inclusion of a symbol of Ngapuhi acknowledging the Iwi. Each classroom has access to a breakout space and teachers’ office. Within the breakout space is a small kitchen for food preparation and an art station. This was one of the MOE’s first major capital developments in Northland and set the benchmark for many that have followed.

“The school was kept fully informed of potential issues, which were dealt with quickly before problems could arise. The quality of workmanship accepted by our Project Managers was high. The school was kept informed of the fiscal status of the projects on a regular basis with comprehensive financial reports monthly and regular minuted PCG and site meetings.”

Pat Newman

Service detail

Project Management

Managing enabling works, asbestos removable, temporary classroom provision, and construction of the new 10 ILE classroom block with associate breakout spaces, toilets, teacher offices, and resource rooms.

Health & Safety

Our project managers reviewed health and safety on the job including incident management along with independent health and safety audits.

Contract Management

Our engineer to the contract reviewed all contractor claims and variations along with the preparation of the contract with MOE.

Procurement & Installation

We led the tender process for contractors including drafting the contract and appointed the contractors across multiple packages of work within the one project.


Won a highly commended award in the NZIA projects $5-10m category.

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