Ashburton Borough School principal Hilary Boyce is looking forward to the start of renovations at the school.

Three old classrooms at Ashburton Borough School will be demolished over the coming school holidays as a $2.75 million building project gets under way.

The new build, designed by Ashburton firm Chilton and Mayne Architecture, will include four classrooms, library, a covered outdoor area and new toilet block.

It is among several multi-million dollar education projects in the district.

Borough board of trustees chairman Howard Ross said the new build was an exciting time, especially as the buildings being removed were quite run down.

It would not cause too much upheaval for pupils or staff who had already been allocated other space on site, he said.

The dated block of classrooms, close to Moore Street, are first to go, and principal Hilary Boyce is looking forward to the work getting started.

Ministry of Education head of education infrastructure service Kim Shannon said the classrooms at Borough were being replaced in stages and the project was being managed by the school’s board of trustees.

The classrooms were expected to be opened well before the start of the 2022 school year.

“The cost of completing this work is around $2.75 million and the new teaching spaces will be a good step forward for the school’s facilities.”

The Borough redevelopment is one of several major school renovations in the district over the next few years.

Twenty schools in the district were also allocated a combined $3m of School Investment Package funding.

Ms Shannon said a $60m Ashburton College rebuild involved replacing existing ageing teaching spaces that are at the end of their life. “The auditorium, library, administration area will also be replaced. The project is in the preliminary design stage and we expect the design phase to continue throughout 2021.”

Construction will take about three years and is estimated to get under way in early 2022.

Ashburton Intermediate School has around $5m to replace three older relocatable buildings with a new 11 teaching space block. Another teaching block will be seismically strengthened and refurbished in three stages.

“We will soon finish the design phase and expect construction to start in late 2021.”

Allenton School has around $5m to replace five older teaching spaces (currently in three relocatable buildings and two roll growth teaching spaces), with a new seven teaching space block. Work should start late 2021.”

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