Four-storey state primary school a first
The first four-storey building at a state primary school is nearing completion. The new block at Newmarket Primary School in Auckland will complement the existing buildings on the site housing the school’s library and 12 additional classrooms.
Form Building & Developments is the lead contractor on the project and project manager John Lewis says it has had its challenges due to the tight site and building design challenges to bring the design up to changes in the building code, which occurred after the initial design phase.
The building has been future proofed to allow for an additional two storeys in the future, which saw piling driven 20 metres into the ground.
The building comprises a ground ﬂoor housing a new school hall, whanau room, music room, teaching rooms and bathrooms.
The first ﬂoor includes the media room housing sound and lighting equipment for the hall, breakout room, open plan teaching area, resource room and teachers’ hub.
The second ﬂoor includes two break out rooms, a tech room, art room, teachers’ hub and toilet.
The top ﬂoor of the building connects by bridge to the existing buildings on the site and includes staff rooms and a reception area, resource room, offices and open plan teaching area.
Construction commenced in December 2016 and the project was completed in April this year.
Due to working in a live school environment Form Building & Developments had to liaise closely with the school staff and project managers Greenstone Group to ensure the school’s needs were being met.
John says that Form Building & Developments always seeks to collaborate on projects with communication being a key aspect.
“We’ve worked through some complicated design challenges and focus has proved that we can manage to resolve a lot of issues in conjunction with our subcontractors on site,” he says.
Form Building & Developments is the result of a merger between Moyle Construction and Eaton Developments in 2007 resulting in a team with over 65 years’ experience in the industry. Form now offers a team of over 140 people in the Waikato, Auckland and Bay of Plenty regions.
The company operates in a variety of sectors including commercial new builds and fit-outs, industrial and development projects, weather tight remediation and education facilities.
John says that Form has created a unique culture based on experience and partnering with their clients and business partners for the greater success of all involved.
He says that Form has a unique ability to apply experience and capability to resolve building challenges to achieve successful project outcomes, on budget and on time.
Other current projects in Auckland include the remediation of Retro Apartments, Harris Road townhouse remediation, a Ministry of Education project at Remuera Primary School, 17 Lyon Avenue remediation, Washington Apartments remediation and an structural and fit out project on Wyndham Street in Auckland’s CBD.
John says Form aims to be a long-term business and it is this, which drives the company’s approach.
The company is a member of the New Zealand Green Building Council and the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand.
“We’re looking to be the go-to construction company for the Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. It’s about continuing to do things right and partnering in our clients success.”