As part of a successful business case, we worked with the Ministry of Education and Mana College on a series of options to demonstrate how an existing secondary school can be transformed on a relatively modest budget.


An extensive study was completed into the condition of the existing buildings. Options were developed to show the potential of this spectacular site overlooking Porirua Harbour, creating a cohesive whole from a mix of new and existing buildings.

The design focused on the key ideas of

  • Arrival

  • Poutama, using steps and terraces to make the most of its site

  • Appropriate Arrangement of Public and Private Spaces

  • Clear Circulation/Spine Around a Series of Outdoor Spaces