Two public-private consortiums have been shortlisted to
construct four schools in New Zealand worth more than $200
million in total, including the new Wakatipu High School.
Ministry of Education spokeswoman Kim Shannon said along with
the new high school, to be constructed on land at Remarkables
Park, the successful tenderer would build Aranui Community
and Rolleston Secondary schools in Christchurch and a school
in Auckland, yet to be announced.
The Frankton school, announced by the ministry in 2012, will
cater for about 1500 pupils and is expected to open in 2018.
All the schools will be built using a public-private
partnership procurement model.
Under such a partnership, design, construction and financing
is managed by a private contractor.
The Ministry of Education pays the private partner quarterly
and the payment is reduced if the school facilities do not
meet the standards specified in the contract, effectively
providing a 25-year guarantee on the buildings, unlike
schools procured under traditional procurement models.
The provision of education remains the responsibility of the
principal and board of trustees, while the government retains
ownership of the land and buildings.
The contract includes property maintenance for 25 years.
In other schools, the school is responsible for property
The first PPP school was Hobsonville Point primary and
secondary schools and based on ''lessons learnt'' the
ministry estimated the second partnership would save 2% to 8%
over the 25 years.
Ms Shannon said the two consortiums were Investec, sponsored
by Invested with construction by Naylor Love, Opus
Architecture as the lead designer and facilities management
by Spotless Facilities; and Future Schools, sponsored by
Morrisons, construction by Hawkins Group, ASC Architects as
the lead designer and facilities management provided by
Programmed Facility Management.
Both would now proceed to the next stage of the tendering
Final bids were to be submitted in October.