Waterview School



The Ministry of Education (MoE) identified Waterview Primary School as requiring wholesale campus redevelopment, as a result of the New Zealand Transport Association’s (NZTA) construction of the new Waterview Tunnel Northern Exit, and significant projected role growth identified by MoE demographic studies.

A new school was needed to replace the existing Waterview primary school. This was due to the new Waterview tunnel motorway interchange. The MoE needed a holistic and innovative approach to detailing the new environmental conditions faced by the school with the construction of the new motorway.

Greenstone Group was engaged by the MoE to provide Project Management Services to undertake the school’s major development plan, design and contract management, and Engineer to Contract role for the new school facility – catering for more than 220 pupils and with a Master Plan for further projected growth.

We understood that a modern, high-quality solution that fit the MoE’s learning requirements what they called, ‘tomorrow’s schools’, was needed for Waterview School.


Strategically, we wanted to develop a Master Plan and manage the design stages to ensure the solution would fit with our client’s vision. This involved developing a Project Plan to undertake the strategies identified in the Master Plan.

We also wanted to ensure that design and cost management was carefully balanced to ensure it would be fit for purpose and meet our client’s budget.

We had to identify the numerous environmental, design and operational constraints (adjacent NZTA tunnel development etc.) due to the construction of the Waterview tunnel. We then had to factor these into the Design and Project Plan. We understood that the new facilities needed to comply with MoE standards and statutory requirements so we ensured that the MoE’s new Modern Learning Environments guidelines were incorporated. Our team had to develop strategies to deliver the project while maintaining school operations and used temporary classrooms to do this.

This involved complex stakeholder management of the community, NZTA, and the school/ MoE.  To ensure operational and local issues were considered and addressed within the design and delivery.

Our team implemented the design and contract management to provide an innovative solution and overcome the environmental challenges imposed upon the site. This ensured a safe and healthy environment for the school’s students, staff, and the wider community.


This project showcases our ability to manage key stakeholders, in the education sector to ensure the best outcome for our client. It illustrates our capability to carry out master-planning for a school, while complying with strict deadlines, even with environmental challenges. We had to demonstrate innovation in our approach and delivery of this project which was expected from the very beginning and our team understood that this would be a new hub of learning for the wider Waterview community and its children.

Waterview School has been designed, built, and delivered within budget, to provide a durable and enduring solution to the Ministry of Education’s needs in delivering high quality, modern learning spaces.

The finished school illustrates our client’s investment in the wider Waterview community and its growing educational needs, in a robust solution that will continue to serve for many years to come.

The value of Waterview School, by comparison to the expended capital, lies in the quality of the product that has been delivered. The School has gained a healthy and flexible modern learning facility that has overcome changing environmental conditions in the surrounding area (namely the new Waterview Interchange), while the Ministry has gained a robust building designed with low lifecycle costs in the forefront offering a secure investment to their asset register.

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