Design review

Information about our design review processes for people designing new schools or schools undergoing major redevelopment.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Architects and Designers
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Contractors
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Boards
  • Proprietors
  • Service providers

School designs are reviewed as part of our wider design assurance processes, to ensure that projects will meet our design standards. All project team consultants must be aware of and comply with our assurance processes.

Design review

The School Design team undertake independent, high-level reviews of major school projects at various design stages. The team is supported by a panel of independent Architects, geotechnical engineers, structural engineers and other subject matter experts where necessary. Panel members are independent, professional consultants with extensive school design experience.

Reviews are undertaken for all new schools and school projects doing significant redevelopments. Design reviews:

  • ensure that design teams are basing their work on our design principles, standards and guidelines for school property.
  • promote fit-for purpose outcomes for schools and the Ministry as a large portfolio asset owner.
  • allow design teams and reviewers to collaborate and share lessons and experiences for the benefit of school projects.

If you have any questions about design reviews, email or contact your project’s Delivery Manager.

Design review deliverables

These checklists provide design teams with the documentation requirements for formal design reviews. Please submit a completed deliverables checklist with every review submission, confirming what is and is not included.

Design Review Deliverables Checklist Master Plan [PDF, 224 KB]

Design Review Deliverables Checklist Bulk and Location [PDF, 162 KB]

Design Review Deliverables Checklist Preliminary Design [PDF, 184 KB]

Design Review Deliverables Checklist Developed Design [PDF, 193 KB]

Report templates and requirements

Find the engineering report templates and requirements, including the Project and Site Constraints Table, on the Earthquake resilience of school buildings webpage.

Find the Indoor Environment Quality report templates and requirements on the Designing Quality Learning Spaces webpage.

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