Wakatipu High School New ILE Delivered Under PPP2

The Building Intelligence Group was engaged by the Ministry of Education to assist in the delivery of Wakatipu High School in Queenstown, the last of four new schools within the Public Private Partnership 2 Package (PPP2).

The Wakatipu High School project (circa $60m) is the first of its kind in New Zealand; an existing traditional model school moving to a new ILE model.

The Building Intelligence Group’s (TBIG) role  consisted of acting as the Ministry representative, attending and chairing meetings on the Ministry’s behalf, and engaging with both the Consortium representatives and the School to ensure a smooth run in to the completion of the project. TBIG’s engagement came at a critical juncture of the project, with eight months remaining and with a number of significant design items still to resolve.

Central to this was TBIG’s development of an issues register, pulling together the many facets of the project into one reference document. This register quickly became the go to document to understand what the key issues on the project were, who the action was with and any critical timeframes to be met. TBIG regularly updated and issued the register to the project team to ensure actions were swiftly resolved.

TBIG quickly gained the trust of the School and were able to assist and advise at key review meetings with the Consortium, steering the School through a number of processes which were new environments for the School Senior Leadership Team (SLT), notably moving to an ILE environment, developing a brand new school facility and the PPP process itself.

As the critical design/build issues got resolved, momentum swung to coordinating a moving process. TBIG were integral in overseeing the various parties to ensure all areas and issues were captured and someone had ownership to resolve them.

The new Wakatipu High School was handed over on schedule on 22 December 2017, with a successful relocation process seeing the School ready for the commencement of Term 1. Open Days in early February showcased its innovative facilities including a large theatre, dance and recording studio, automatic garage, rock climbing wall, science labs and technology spaces.