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Company:Naylor Love Wellington
Project:Newtown School Main Classroom Block, Wellington
The Newtown School project involved construction of a new classroom block on a public school site located on a busy suburban intersection. With Wellington Hospital located within 800 metres on the same road, the traffic flow was high, necessitating sound traffic management processes and well-coordinated site deliveries. The new build provided the equivalent of 14 classrooms spread across two-levels.
From the start, Kiel was delivered a few curveballs. The identification of variable ground conditions resulted in a change to the proposed piling system. These were handled expediently, though created a delay to the project start date. The next issue to deal with was the supply of the specified Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels, which was an integral component of the design. Aside from a small number of panels, the bulk of the order could not be provided without incurring significant delays, and so the building was redesigned in concrete and blockwork.
Other challenges included the extra safety considerations attached to working in a live school environment and the added complexity of the school having a high number of special-needs children. The judges considered Kiel instrumental in front-footing the issues that arose and that he employed sound processes to mitigate the delays and costs those issues caused.