Complications have delayed by a term the start of
construction of Taieri College's new $3.9million
state-of-the-art administration block.
Demolition of the school's 76-year-old administration block
was expected to take place during the July school holidays,
but the necessary relocation of an electrical transformer has
meant demolition will not be able to start until the end of
Principal David Hunter said as a result of the relocation,
much of the school would need new trenches and cables, which
was a two-week job.
The electrical supply to the school would be cut during the
work, so the school would need to be closed for about two
weeks, he said.
''It's quite a big job, and obviously the school can't be
open when they do that.
''So it's going to have to be done during the July school
''The positive side of that is accompanying the new cable
will be new fibre which will further assist our internet
speed and capacity.
''There is a bit of silver lining to the cloud.''
It was too early to know how much extra it would cost, Mr
He believed the work would delay the completion of the
project by about three months, and it was now expected to be
finished by the end of next year.
The school is to house its administration operations in the
school hall for up to a year, along with the school's
library, staffroom and principal's offices, while a new
multimillion-dollar administration building is constructed.
In the meantime, school assemblies would be held in the
gymnasium and indoor training centre.
Staff were working on creative ways to incorporate the pupils
from the classrooms being demolished into existing rooms
around the school.
The school was granted Ministry of Education funding last
year to build the 1532sq m block, which will comprise the
school's reception area, staff-room, administration offices,
library and information centre, as well as eight classrooms.
Charles Thomas Architects, of Christchurch, had been selected
to design the new building.
Mr Hunter said construction would start as soon as the
existing building was demolished.
The development posed many challenges, but the attitude of
staff was making the necessary changes workable, he said.