Architectural Draughting & Design

Waihao Downs

AP Design Ltd was engaged by the school to construct a new multi-purpose room.

This space was to provide a learning space, as well as to cater for music lessons, resource storage and finally when required as a school hall! As an isolated country school Waihao Downs acts as a focal point for the local community, and having a space where people can meet was important to them.

With a tight budget we worked closely with School Support to ensure the design satisfied the needs of the school.  We were keen to try out the acoustic performance of Woodtex panels for the ceiling - which faced some opposition as it looked like 'squashed spaghetti". The builders, who came up from Timaru did a great job, along with the enthusiastic members of the Board - who as farmers were more than keen to get involved with diggers and chainsaws to clear the site.

The grand opening was attended by many local families and dignitaries including the Mayor from Waimate who cut the ribbon.  The entire school put on a production of 'Safari" - and the sound quality in the new room was fantastic!