7 May 2020
Construction at the new Whangārei Boys’ High School (WBHS) site, started last week with work beginning on the bridge that will link the new school site to Western Hills Drive / SH1.
WBHS Principal, Karen Gilbert-Smith said that this bridge, which is part of the multi-million dollar new school build project, was due to start in March but it had to be put on hold as the country went into Level 4 Lockdown.
With the move back to Level 3 last week, local contractors United Civil Construction were able to get onsite and start work.
“This bridge is very significant to the whole new school project, it creates a new entrance way and is the beginning of a new stage in the school’s history,” said Mrs Gilbert-Smith.
“We’ve been talking about it for a long time and it’s exciting that it’s now actually happening.
“The Covid-19 lockdown has pushed us back a little but we’re confident that this project will now really get going.”
Work underway will create a new access road from Western Hills Drive / SH1 to the new school construction site on the other side of the Waiarohia Stream.
During construction it will provide a dedicated construction access-way from Western Hills Drive to the building site, without the need to transit through the centre of the school, eliminating disruption to the school and minimising health and safety risks for the duration of the 18 months construction programme.
“With construction of the new school buildings due to start in mid-late July, and the new school due to be open in January 2022, we have a great opportunity to create something really special.
“We are thrilled to have input from local businesses and Old Boys in the construction of this part of the project. Along with excellent support from the Ministry of Education and local iwi, we have worked collaboratively to get to this point.” Mrs Gilbert-Smith said.
“United Civil’s entire workforce is Northland based, so seeing those people getting back to work – even though the school is still not fully open has been terrific,” she said.
The bridge work is scheduled to finish in October, and the tail end will run in parallel with the main build, which is scheduled to start mid/end of July 2020.
· SH1 south bound auxiliary left turn lane and footpath, tie into existing kerb and footpath
· SH1 south bound left turn out and footpath, tie into existing kerb and footpath
· New dual carriageway from SH1 to proposed new school car park, including 2 span dual carriageway with footpath over Waiarohia Stream
· Early civil works to enable the building platforms for the new build.