Project management specialist Octa Associates has called for
expressions of interest in demolishing the Mosgiel Central
Kindergarten to make way for a new early childhood education
Octa Associates director David Booth said expressions of
interest would close this Friday and demolition was expected
to take place in mid-June.
He said the design of the new 270sq m facility was almost
completed and it was hoped construction would begin at the
end of July.
The new facility would be more user-friendly for early
childhood teaching, he said.
''We're looking at making it larger, with more integrated
open-plan teaching spaces; we're looking at increasing the
size of the teaching staff office - basically they work from
a cupboard in the current building - and the creation of a
whanau/family room which can be used not just for teaching
and students, but by families when they are visiting the
Mr Booth said the designers were also looking at how the site
related to the play area.
''At the moment, the building has a very large dead area of
ground behind the buildings.
''It sits quite forward on the site. The new building will be
moved back on the site to encompass far more usable play
Mr Booth said the cost of the construction was still
confidential because tenders for the project had not closed
Staff and children from the Mosgiel Central Kindergarten
temporarily moved to a classroom at Elmgrove School earlier
this year when it was found their 60-year-old building was in
need of earthquake-strengthening.
When it was also found the building had a damp floor, it was
decided to rebuild rather than repair.
It was hoped they would be able to return to their site early