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Company:Griffiths & Associates, Whangarei

Project:Hora Hora School, Batch 11, Northland

Role:Project Manager

The Hora Hora Primary School, Roll Growth Project was the largest Ministry of Education (MOE) project to be undertaken in the Northland region for some time.

As Client side Project Manager and Engineer to the Contract, Ben was responsible for managing all aspects of the project. The challenges began early; after winning the project, the MOE increased the scope significantly, with a commiserate upward adjustment to the project’s complexity. The original brief of four new classrooms with no site works, became a ten-classroom block with associated resource and ancillary spaces.

Demolition of delipidated classrooms on the site was required (complete with asbestos removal), along with the need to bring in relocatable classrooms so as to keep the school operational. With this massive change to the project, Ben was required to very quickly revise procurement and design guidelines, along with developing a revised construction program, and associated budget.

Ben’s style is to lead from the front, and with this project he led a diverse team of client representatives, designers and construction practitioners through an arduous and difficult process. The result is an extremely durable, flexible and efficient building.