Onehunga Primary School demolition has begun2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
Demolition of the old administration building, library and some classrooms at Onehunga Primary School is well underway, marking a milestone in the major redevelopment project at the school.
Working with the school and Ministry of Education, architecture practice Jasmax has designed 14 teaching spaces across a new three-level block, plus a carpark below. The building will also include a new library and administration space.
“This is really amazing for our school. We’ve been able to reimagine the whole school site,” says principal, Viki Holley.
“The new building will provide flexible spaces, which in turn will enhance student learning as we will be able to deliver the curriculum in more innovative ways.”
Included is a welcoming new entryway off Arthur Street, leading into a reception area which will also function as a community gathering space. The building will be on the southern edge of the proposed new courtyard, facing towards Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill and the heritage-listed Onehunga Community House.
Hamish Boyd, principal architect at Jasmax, welcomed the opportunity to design a space that will support flexible teaching practices and enhance the school’s connection with the wider community.
“The proposed new masterplan for Onehunga Primary School will establish the school as a community landmark for generations to come.”
The design also protects outdoor play space by creating a central terraced courtyard.
“The Board has had a long-held desire to provide our community with more modern facilities that will support the current and future learning needs of students. It is fantastic to be able to continue our work with the Ministry to make this a reality,” says Onehunga Primary School Board chair, Ann-Marie Wickman.
With extensive development taking place in the surrounding area, the school has been eager for additional space to cater for a growth in demand.
“This $14.5m investment will future proof the school for many years,” says Scott Evans, Hautū Te Puna Hanganga, Matihiko – Infrastructure and Digital at Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga (Ministry of Education). “Working with schools and suppliers to create quality learning environments that serve generations to come is one of our key goals.”