Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown

State of the Art Education in Remote Queenstown

The Ministry of Education had the vision of bringing a modern, vibrant learning space to the stunning town of Queenstown. Set on Lake Wakatipu’s waterfront, Remarkables Primary School features a flexible design that can be expanded to suit increased capacity or changes in technology. Cosgroves provided full building services engineering, including fire engineering and protection. We relished the freedom to implement cutting edge designs and incorporate strong elements of sustainability throughout all disciplines.

An Amazing Location Brings Great Complications

The site presented a number of challenges including its close proximity to Queenstown Airport. Complying with the stringent acoustic criteria was a particular challenge during design of the Mechanical Services. The elevation also complicated the need for all interior spaces to have sprinkler coverage. The striking architectural features of the school challenged our fire team to provide a safe environment without jeopardising visual or functional design.

Futureproofing with Forward Thinking Design

With projected growth in Queenstown, our electrical and mechanical/hydraulic team came up with clever methods of making sure that future expansion of the school would be straightforward. Cabling infrastructure was installed in a ducted system for ease of replacing or adding features. This couples with centralised plant and modular designs to ensure that future technologies can be implemented easily, and the school can keep up with growth within the Queenstown region.

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