Raising the bar at Hora Hora Primary

Rich with native bush and bordering the attractive slopes of Whangarei, Hora Hora is popular with those drifting northwards. The local school roll is booming and the result is a new two-storey building with ten classrooms to accommodate the influx.

Officially opened in February this year, the building is called Te Manu Aute, after the Māori for ‘kite’. A new style of learning is certainly lifting off between the walls.

The ten new rooms are designed to facilitate the use of technology and provide a combination of flexible learning spaces and adjoining shared areas for collaboration between larger groups. It’s an approach that’s transformed the way teaching and learning takes place.

From an engineering perspective, the job required some extra thinking. We designed and supplied the Forte balustrade for the second floor of the new block but the tricky part was the requirement to meet C5 loading capacity — four times the strength of a typical balustrade.

The heavy lifting was done by Alutec – one of our long-standing installation partners in Northland. To keep the installation time-efficient, we supplied the balustrade in 5m modules.

These two-storey classroom blocks are fast becoming the norm for Ministry of Education projects. They use space efficiently and give teachers and students an environment that suits modern ways of learning. We expect to do a lot more of this kind of work in coming years.

Project:

Hora Hora Primary School

Head Contractor:

A-Line Construction

Architect:

A-Line Construction

Location:

Northland

Completion Date:

August 2016