Reference designs: Standard classroom block upgrade

The Reference Designs for Standard Classroom Block Upgrades make it faster, easier and cheaper to upgrade standard classrooms to flexible learning spaces.

About the Reference Designs

Use the Reference Designs when planning to upgrade a standard classroom block.

The Reference Designs have been prepared by architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, and educationalists.

The Reference Designs show:

  • designs specific to each block type
  • most of the information needed to complete the Preliminary Design stage.

Each Reference Design package contains:

  • briefing document (high level overview, and how to identify the block type)
  • appendices: Architectural Scope, Structural Scope and Cost Estimates (technical information required by property professionals working on your project)

The Reference Design packages will help you adapt existing teaching spaces in ways that are well designed, structurally sound, and that will maintain the value of these assets for many years to come.

You can use them to begin discussions about your longer term property aspirations, and adapt them or stage them to suit available funding.

On this page:

Avalon block

The plan below shows the existing layout of an Avalon block.

Existing layout of an Avalon Block

Appendix 1: Architectural Scope and Design Plans

Appendix 2: Structural Scope including:

Appendix 3: Cost Estimate (Avalon block) [PDF, 69 KB]

Canterbury block

The plan below shows the existing layout of a Canterbury block.

The plan below shows the existing layout of a Canterbury block.

Briefing Document (Canterbury block) [PDF, 492 KB]

Appendix 1: Architectural Scope and Design Plans

Appendix 2: Structural Scope including:

Appendix 3: Cost Estimate (Canterbury block) [PDF, 73 KB]

Formula block

The plan below shows the existing layout of a Formula block.

The plan below shows the existing layout of a Formula block.

Briefing Document (Formula block) [PDF, 477 KB]

Appendix 1: Architectural Scope and Design Plans

Appendix 2: Structural Scope including:

Appendix 3: Cost Estimate (Formula block) [PDF, 72 KB]

Nelson 2 storey block

The plan below shows the existing layout of a Nelson two storey block.

 Nelson Ground Floor

Nelson First Floor

Briefing Document (Nelson two storey block) [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Appendix 1: Architectural Scope and Design Plans

Appendix 2: Structural Scope including:

Appendix 3: Cost Estimate (Nelson two storey block) [PDF, 529 KB]

Giving your feedback

We want to constantly improve the content and usability of our documentation. You can email the Ministry at Property.Help@education.govt.nz if you have suggestions for improving the Reference Designs. Your feedback will help us to maintain these design guidance documents as valuable resources for all of those involved in designing our schools as effective learning environments.

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