Waimea College - Stage 1


SRA Architects won the tender to provide masterplan lite and lead design services for Waimea College in the Tasman Region. Due to the large enrolment catchment area and new residential developments the current roll of around 1500 students is increasing rapidly. We were engaged to look at a final masterplan growth of 2000 students.

Stage 1 is complete, with students now in and enjoying their new classrooms. This stage sequesters over 280 tons of carbon. Sustainable NZ Abodo timber is used for the decking, and local manufacturers such as Nelson Pine & Potius were involved in the design and manufacture of the timber structure, much of which is left exposed, to showcase the structural capabilities of timber and the beauty of its natural grain and texture. Stage one consists of 9 new teaching spaces over 2 levels, including a horticulture room which opens up onto a north facing outdoor garden space to be developed by the students. Due to a request from the school, a more traditional classroom approach was taken with Stage one, but the inclusion of acoustically rated operable walls means there is some flexibility here.

Architect: SRA

Photographer: Kate McPherson - Stage 1