Upper Hutt College Master Plan and Redevelopment
Two years ago Stephenson&Turner developed a groundbreaking ‘master plan’ for Upper Hutt College. Today this exciting new learning environment is taking shape, with a $20 million construction project that aims to deliver a ‘centre of education excellence’.
The existing college buildings are tightly packed together, the spaces around them make for notoriously unpleasant wind tunnels, and vehicle access-ways pose a number of hazards for students, teachers and visitors alike.
In stark contrast, the master plan creates a 21st century experience founded on modern urban design principles. It recognises that the college’s external spaces are just as important as the interior, creating a ‘learning street’ that integrates courtyards and other outside areas with the college’s key functions and facilities.
Stage 1 of the project includes a recently completed Sports Centre and a new Creative Arts Centre. Stage 2 is in construction which includes three new buildings and alterations to the remaining existing structure. Completion is expected in 2014, providing all who use the college with a place of which they can be justly proud.