Client: Scots College
Project Type: Education, School
Project Timeframe: 2020
Architects: Athfield Architects
Once the site of an old tennis court on the existing school ground, LT McGuinness won a P&G and margin to construct the McKinnon Block at Scots College. Named in honour of former Headmaster Ian McKinnon, it is the first step in making the traditionally boys only school co-educational.
The design and layout reflects the schools new teaching practices of flexible pods, with students free to work in open spaces. It also houses two science labs, including a food technology Centre, a ‘make room’ with 3 D printing well as a common area primarily for girls.
Works started in November 2018, with piling and the construction of a new toilet block for the existing preparatory school. Formerly the site of an old landfill, LT McGuinness worked very carefully to remove any contaminated material without any programme implications.
Structural works commenced efficiently giving shape to it’s distinctive long and angular outline, deigned to maximise views and natural light.
The main building exhibits a modern style with metal cladding, but also ties into the existing setting with its use of bricks that many of the existing buildings are constructed.
The interiors are robust and open to allow students plenty of movement within the spaces. There was also consideration to environmental features such as solar paneling and daylight harvesting.
The block was opened in time for the school year in 2020 by Ian and Jenny McKinnon, as well as the her Excellency, the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand.
The success of this project has led to further projects at the college.