Beca managed a complex master planning and resource consent process to create a new education zone and college on a sensitive rural site.
Beca Architects prepared a concept master plan, buildings designs, assisted with planning requirements and project managed the development of a new co-educational college for 1600 pupils from infants to year 10. The site on the Hingaia peninsula (Karaka) covers 12 hectares and has a 1.6km coastline on the Manukau harbour.
It was necessary to obtain a change of land use consent from rural to education zoning and to this end Beca managed a complex resource consent process including a full Assessment of Environmental effects plus public and stakeholder consultation open days (attended by hundreds). Over 150 submissions were made concerning the proposal.
The consent was granted in February 1999 and the first primary age students were in attendance in 2001. Since then Strathallan College has expanded and Beca Architects has recently designed a new Pre School facility, a two-classroom extension to a primary school building and a new 3000m2 Arts and Technology building. The latter is currently under construction and will be open for the start of the 2010 school year.
The project is being managed and delivered by Beca Architects and engineers in conjunction with Beca Cost and Project Managers.
Currently the master plan is being reviewed and updated to accommodate new initiatives.