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We are very pleased to announce the completion of our project Halswell Residential College in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Lois Chick, ex-Board of Trustees Chair welcomed everyone to the opening and introduced the Honorable Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister of Education to officially open the four new Villas and Multi-Purpose Learning Building on a wet and windy day in April, however the rain did not dampen the spirit of the occasion. There was much warmth and joy at the mauri ceremony that included the return of the sod and the planting of a special tree as a symbol of the ‘life force’. The planting of the tree was undertaken by Honorable Nikki Kaye, Principal Janine Harrington and past student Scott Simons. Baldasso Cortese’s, Devkrishna Mistry ( Partner) together with William Noordanus (Director) and Tim Chaplin (Partner) from Baldasso Cortese Noordanus were joined by David Hobern and Margaret Waller from the Ministry of Education together with over 100 guests to celebrate the official opening of Stage 1 works.
‘We are very proud to have been involved in the masterplanning, design and construction of this unique facility in New Zealand. The design team undertook a very inclusive design process with the school, Board of Trustees and Ministry of Education in creating a ‘homelike’ residential environment for the students through the use of simple architectural forms and natural materials to create a safe, warm and welcoming, enhancing student behaviour and learning’ said Devkrishna Mistry
Stage 2, including the rebuild of the parent/carers accommodation is currently under construction and will see the completion of the masterplan.
Further information and images on Halswell Residential College
The school represents the second stage in a 15 year master plan developed in 2013 for a long term enrollment of 450 students and a peak enrollment of 600.
This stage accommodates 125 students in 4 learning groups within open plan learning environment. The facility includes a teacher work area, breakout spaces, a large wet project space and a covered outdoor synthetic play surface with polycarbonate roof that connects Stage 1 & Stage 2. Specialist spaces are interwoven throughout this facility and one of the features of this space will be is pop out window ‘nooks.’
Stage 2 scope of works also consists of an Administration building at the front of the school as an extension to the Stage 1 building.
Stage 2 form is in keeping with the design aesthetic from Stage 1 to be read as one seamless building.
The school is currently under construction and due to finish in May 2017.