Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Have a look at these!

This is the proposed site option and floor plan for our new Modern Learning classroom spaces designed by Brewer Davidson Architects Ltd.  Currently the BOT, Management and Staff are in the process of looking over these plans closely and providing feedback. There have been a number of design meetings to date and we feel we are getting close to a final design that will work effectively for our school.  We are still aiming to begin the process of relocating Rooms 19-22 near the end of the holidays to make way for the new building.

We wish you and your family an enjoyable, sunny and safe Christmas break.

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove School BOT

Monday, 27 October 2014

The architectural design process for our new building is underway. Last Wednesday 22nd October a meeting was held with Alec Couchman from our selected design team Brewer Davidson Architects. Christine Chadwick Ashgrove Principal, BOT members Evan Connor, Mike McKellow and Mecca Hampton-James, Graeme Daniels and Linda King Principal and DP from Allenvale School, Peter Fenwick from the MOE, and Richard Webb Project Manager from Logic Group all attended.

Brewer Davidson Architects has extensive experience designing school buildings and Modern Learning Environments (MLE). Together we had an in depth discussion about our vision for the new learning spaces. It is now confirmed that our single level building will be positioned in the north west corner of the school. It will replace five existing classrooms and provide us with the equivalent of three new role growth teaching spaces and two teaching spaces for Allenvale School’s satellite classes. This position will take advantage of the park outlook and space, and will wrap around the corner of the site providing great indoor/outdoor opportunities for students.

Christine will now report back on the meeting to staff, and our architects have got the green light to begin the concept plans. We are very conscious of the fact that our school is currently bulging, so are looking to keep things moving. We are trying to get final plans into the Council for consent as soon as possible, and in turn begin the process of relocating Rooms 19-22 to clear space for the new build.

Although I am hesitant to give a time frame after previous delays, it is safe to say that in 2015 we look forward to sharing the building plans with our school community and watching the progress on site!

Mecca Hampton-James
Ashgrove School BOT

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The planning process is continuing and we are expecting news from Wellington in the next month. Christine Chadwick has organised regular meetings with the MOE and Logic Group to discuss the property developments.

In line with the MOE project brief and in consultation with the BOT the following things have been taken into account during the initial planning process:

·    The benefit of replacing some of the existing classrooms with more efficient building footprints and locations to best utilise the size of our school site.

·    A need to develop a blueprint for future development that may be required beyond the current building plan.

·    The inclusion of a landscape strategy.

We will keep you up to date as we receive more information.

Mecca Hampton-James
Board of Trustees

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Some progress…

We have had some progress as the MoE has now reviewed the first draft of the Master Building Plan for our local cluster of four schools, and the final QS estimate of costs has been completed.
However due to changes in the original scope of works for our cluster there have been some delays. In addition, based on Ashgrove’s latest projected roll numbers, we may now receive one less teaching space in our new building. Work has begun on a funding submission, but we are aware that this is going to be a lengthy process and building is now unlikely to start this year.
Mecca Hampton-James & Kristine Feather
Board of Trustees

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A detailed proposal for Ashgrove School’s new teaching spaces has now been drawn up and submitted to the Ministry of Education in Wellington as part of a wider proposal involving building developments in other Rangiora schools. Realistically we are probably now looking to have this building completed in early 2015.
This year we are utilising all available space in the school including the multipurpose room on the end of the hall. As you can see in the photos below, Awhina Green has turned this room into an impressive learning space for her Year 3 & 4 class.

Mecca Hampton-James
Board of Trustees