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Albany Senior High School

Eight months to build a school for 300 students

Project Snapshot

Client: Ministry of Education
Brief: Build a temporary school for 300 students
Key Challenge: Design, consent and construction in an eight-month window
Contract Range: $5 - $5.5m
Time frame: 4 months
Architect: Jasmax

When Albany Senior High School’s resource consent for their new campus was delayed by 12 months the school’s board briefed Tallwood (then Stanley Modular) to build a temporary school to house 300 students for the course of a single school year. The school buildings had to be easily relocatable and completed in eight months.

Design, consent and construction of a school to house 300 students within an eight-month time frame sounded like the kind of challenge we relish.
We designed the project to consist of 30 modules with 6 x 12 metre dimensions, one module with 3 x 12 metre dimensions, 1,200m² of covered concourse and 500m² of gym.

albany 1albany 2Our solution to the tight time frame was to separate the project into four consents, allowing us to work on-site while the modules, concourse and gym were still being designed.

The modules were constructed in Matamata and delivered in batches of four, every week for eight weeks. Modules would arrive on-site at 2:30am to be lifted off the truck, placed and ready for the gib stopper by 6:00am.

The school was completed four days ahead of schedule, after 120 days on-site. Under a separate contract, in 2010 Tallwood relocated the buildings to MIT’s campus in Otara, South Auckland where they remain today.

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