- Containers key to safety for major Mount Albert Grammar expansion project
- Hoardings provide safe passage for students and staff
Keeping students safe
A specially constructed container corridor is key to keeping students safe during a major construction project at one of Auckland’s largest secondary schools.
The container walkway at Mount Albert Grammar School (MAGS), made up of nine 20-foot hoardings, is located on the corner of a site where a new three level classroom block is being built. When completed the expansion will be the largest building on the MAGS campus.
“The hoardings have been a success story because the safety of students was the top priority as the site is right in the middle of the school,” says James Lamb, Senior Site Manager from Southbase Construction. “The containers provide maximum protection for students as they move around the site throughout the school day.”
West Auckland Branch Manager Sarah Sa’u and Project Supervisor Andrew Beckham worked with Southbase Construction to plan, design, and install the container walkway which provide overhead protection and helps to significantly reduce disruption on site.
Safe overhead, and underfoot
The hoardings ensure the school campus remains accessible to students and staff while work is carried out by Southbase which has done many significant school projects around New Zealand.
The containers have been customised with carpet laid throughout the hoardings to provide a safe and comfortable walkway for pupils as they move around the site. With the project being highly visible, it was key to ensure the containers were as aesthetically appealing as possible and provide a semi-permanent feel to the structure.
The containers are also configured to minimise the amount of space on what is an already tight site.
Due to ongoing construction activity nationally, Royal Wolf’s hoardings are in increasing demand meaning the nine containers were redeployed from other parts of the country to Auckland ahead of the project starting to ensure they were able to be installed as quickly as possible once Southbase gave the green light.