Third New Zealand Schools PPP delivers five schools on time

April 30, 2019
  • Construction and commissioning
  • Partnerships
  • People and community

CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships and CPB Contractors have delivered five new schools for more than 4300 students on time, with our ShapED consortium partners under the third New Zealand Schools Public Private Partnership.

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The Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools shared campus

All five schools were finished on time and within budget for New Zealand’s Ministry of Education and have delivered modern, high-quality educational environments.

Three new primary schools were completed in December 2018. The Te Uho O Te Nikau Primary School and the Matua Ngaru School in Auckland and the Te Ao Marama School in Hamilton opened ready for more than 2100 students to start Term One in January 2019.

Two new high schools, Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools, in Christchurch, were completed in March 2019 and opened ready for more than 2200 students to start Term Two on 29 April 2019. 

State-of-the-art education facilities

All five schools have dynamic, flexible spaces supporting different approaches to teaching and learning, are accessible for all abilities, include satellite units for students with special education needs, and can be used by the community outside of school hours. 

Collaboration throughout the PPP project has added value with solutions that are responsive to curriculum, community and cultural priorities, and achieve best for project outcomes in design, delivery and operations.
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Dynamic, flexible spaces support different approaches to teaching and learning.
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Campus facilities include three indoor gymnasiums.

A long term partner

Pacific Partnerships Project Manager Ruth Jellyman said: “We are a long-term partner. Success for our team is delivering state-of-the-art learning environments to benefit students, and vibrant community hubs. With construction completed, ShapED will be maintaining the schools for 25 years. That means school Principals and Boards don’t have to spend time managing the property, they can focus on education – that’s a win-win for the students and their communities.”

Certainty on outcomes

CPB Contractors Operations Manager David Grehan said: “Pacific Partnerships and CPB Contractors’ combined infrastructure and PPP experience means we’ve been able to give our client certainty on timing, cost and quality outcomes throughout the program.

“We’ve also had the opportunity to generate a further, long term community benefit through local employment and job skills development. Across the five school projects, we’ve completed the works with an outstanding safety record.” 

About the ShapED consortium

CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships and CPB Contractors are part of the ShapED consortium delivering the third New Zealand Schools PPP which includes the design and construction of three new primary schools (two in Auckland and one in Hamilton) and the relocation and co-location of Shirley Boys’ High School and Avonside Girls’ High School in Christchurch, as well as operational services of the schools for 25 years.

The ShapEd consortium consists of Public Infrastructure Partners Fund II, Pacific Partnerships, CPBS (a design and construction joint venture between CPB Contractors and Southbase Construction), ASC Architects (design), and Spotless Facility Services (facilities management services). 

CIMIC Group’s role in the project spans design, construction and financing.

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