School in Auckland Gets a $14.7M Makeover

Grey Lynn School will get a $14.7 million facelift by early 2019.

Announced on Wednesday by Education Minister Hekia Parata, the Government investment will deliver 14 new teaching spaces, including six new and eight replacement classrooms.

A new library, administration facilities and multi-purpose halls are also earmarked.

The school, located on Surrey Crescent in Grey Lynn, has a growing roll of 400 students from year 0 to year 6.

School principal Bill Barker said the school was looking forward to the new facilities.

"We are really excited," Barker said. 

"It is wonderful news to the teachers, students and the community. We are happy that the architects and the ministry listened to our needs and they've come up with a wonderful design.

"We are all looking forward to the innovative school environment."

Education minister, Parata said the project will see ageing facilities replaced, setting the school up to accommodate anticipated roll growth. 

"As with many parts of the city, the population in central Auckland is growing rapidly, and we need to ensure local schools have the capacity to meet increased demand," Parata said. 

Grey Lynn School is one of 11 schools that collectively make up the recently established Waiorea Community of Learning (CoL) - accounting for about 5000 students.

Early site works gets underway over the summer holidays and construction will begin in April next year before final completion in 2019.

"Site constraints mean a lot of work is being put into the design work for the redevelopment," Parata said.

"The final plans will see a mix of two and three storey buildings, to ensure valuable outdoor recreation space can be retained."

Today's announcement means over $268m worth of school redevelopments have been announced or have commenced in Auckland over the past six months, including Te Atatu Intermediate School, Waiheke High School, Northcote Primary School, Newmarket School, Takapuna Primary School, Western Springs College, Freemans Bay School and Papatoetoe Central School.

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