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A sneak peek at Hawea Hall

Posted at 4:05am Thursday 22 Nov, 2018 | By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz


Hawea Flat School will unveil conceptual plans for a new, sustainable, multi-purpose school hall at its popular fair this weekend and everyone is invited to have a look and give feedback.

The current situation is rather dire with students needing to cross Camphill Road from the main school campus to get to the hall. Being a rural area, vehicles reach top speed making it a constant headache for staff. It's also small, stuffy and no longer fit-for-purpose for a growing school with a burgeoning roll.

The first stage of design has been a collaborative affair with brainstorming sessions from teachers, faculty, architects and energy consultants. Ideas have ranged from solar panel and edible walls, to recording studios that morph into a café for parents.

Parent and architect Jessica Eyers is a certified Passivhaus designer and sustainable building consultant.

“The design objectives are to create an inspirational building that is low energy, comfortable all year round and kind to the environment,” Eyers said. “We want to do this once and we want to do it right.”

Once the preliminary design is in place, the next step will be raising the funds to begin construction. A ballpark cost has been estimated at between $1.9 and $2.1 million. Some key funders have indicated possible support to cover approximately half the costs, however, generous financial support is still required to bring this project to fruition.


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