Nicholas Jones is a New Zealand Herald political reporter.

Northcote school to get $5.7 million property overhaul

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a rebuild programme for Northcote Primary. Photo by Stuart Munro.
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a rebuild programme for Northcote Primary. Photo by Stuart Munro.

A North Shore school will have old classrooms replaced and extended to cope with population growth.

About $5.7 million will be spent on the redevelopment of Northcote School, including the construction of a two-storey teaching block.

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced the building programme at the primary school, along with local MP and Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman.

"The redevelopment will see six existing classrooms demolished and replaced, and the school will also receive two additional classrooms. All of the new teaching spaces will be in the new two-storey block.

"Northcote Primary School is on a relatively small site, so building up to two storeys will enable the school to preserve valuable outdoor recreational space."

Construction of the teaching block will begin next month and the first classrooms will open in the third term next year.

The school board already has other property work planned, including new administration facilities and netball courts.

Northcote Primary has a roll of around 450, which can increase by 50 after the building programme.

The Ministry of Education has to find space for 107,000 more school children in Auckland alone by 2040 and planned housing intensification means pressure will be felt within existing city limits.

Last month Kaye announced a redevelopment of Newmarket School, a project that will include the country's first four-storey school block.

Population growth areas in Auckland include Warkworth, Wainui, Silverdale, Albany, Long Bay, Kumeu, Whenuapai, Scott Point, Massey, Flatbush, Takanini, Clevedon, Drury, Pukekohe and Pokeno.

And in Auckland's inner-city, apartment-dwellers are predicted to increase to 78,000 by 2040.

- NZ Herald

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