Whakamarama School, 476 Whakamarama Rd, Te Puna, Tauranga

Whakamarama School

476 Whakamarama Rd
Te Puna

Dimensions Architects Ltd was the architect and project manager for this project and employed Hawes Building Solutions to complete the building contract. The scope of work included relocation of a large octagonal podium structure followed by construction of a new library and associated walkways.

The 4 tonne podium was carefully prepared for relocation by disconnecting the existing foundation and installing temporary propping and bracing. It was then lifted onto an accurately prepared new foundation using a mobile crane. Hawes Building Solutions' experience in the relocation of buildings was very beneficial during this process.

The new library, withdrawal room and resource room were of traditional timber framed construction with Hardies Axon Board cladding and colorsteel roofing. The interior was gib lined with composition board and had a suspended ceiling throughout. A new deck and roof were added to link the new library with the existing school walkways.

As the school was occupied during most of the works, Hawes Building Solutions paid particular attention to health & safety issues on the site. Perimeter fencing, site safety signage, hazard identification and other safety issues were monitored closely. Noise was kept to a minimum and was also programmed around specific school requirements.

The project was completed to a tight budget with Hawes Building Solutions assisting with value engineering and staging of the works in order to meet the school's strict budget requirements.

Why Choose Us?

Our library upgrade began in February 2010 and was completed in May 2010. Throughout this time Mark and Anthony Hawes have always considered our daily timetabling and school learning and worked around our requests (eg testing of children etc). With the majority of work being done during school hours they kept us informed if there was an opportunity for us to take photos for tracking the progress in our library diary.

We met regularly with our architect and were impressed with the efficiency that changes were made by Hawes Building to help us with our budgetary restraints and new requirements.

The site was kept tidy and safe for the 60 pupils and school staff. Workers arrived early and worked throughout the day. Anthony was always willing to explain my queries (of which there were several) to a Principal without a builders knowledge!

I would thoroughly recommend Hawes Building Solutions Ltd to anyone with a building project. I look forward to working with them on Stage 2 or our development in July 2011.

Yours sincerely

Sue Waitai, Principal