Revealed: Arrowtown School’s rebuild plan


A four-year plan to rebuild leaky Arrowtown School is awaiting government approval.

The concept has been unveiled nine months after the Ministry of Education announced the school had weathertightness issues with seven of its nine blocks.

It’s a five-month collaboration between the school and Dunedin company Logic Group – and it’s now sitting with the ministry for approval.

Principal Chris Bryant says the school’s excited by the opportunities created by a plan.

It leaves only three buildings untouched and introduces the latest thinking on modern learning principles.

“They are adaptable, light, and have a good flow between the inside and outside.”

It proposes the demolition of four leaky buildings in addition to the three that were levelled to make way for a $2.4 million classroom and library block opened last month.

Two new double-storey blocks will be built to house learning spaces and an administration area, with provision for a third building in the future.

Two existing buildings will be reroofed and external cladding and windows replaced, while the school’s hall will undergo minor repairs.

Bryant says a start date is yet to be set, but the building programme has a four-year time scale.

It will be staged to ensure minimal disruption to learning.

The just-opened classroom block eases pressure on the school, ensuring it’s not packed to the gunnels as it was previously.

The new layout places buildings on a north-south axis that minimise winter shade, protecting the school’s green areas and creating a “flow” through the campus.

Opened in 1997, the school was built in an era when plaster walls and small or no eaves were common.

Otago Daily Times