Hornby High and Hornby Primary

Octa provided full project management services for the redevelopment of Hornby High and Hornby Primary Schools which share a common boundary.  The master plan took into account this proximity, and the fact the schools have a large Maori attendance, and a Whare was built on the High School grounds. 

Hornby Primary’s redevelopment included relocation and refurbishment of existing buildings, site works and a new administration block.

Hornby High School has been almost completely rebuilt to include a new administration block, gymnasium, technology block and teaching spaces to replace the (1975) temporary buildings. 

The completion of Hornby High Separable Portion 1 in June 2018 saw new blocks officially opened and the gymnasium, technology and administration fully operational.  Hornby High Separable Portion 2 will include construction of 3 new Homebase Buildings with construction due for completion in February 2020.

When the High School project was completed, 90 per cent of the School’s existing buildings had been demolished and replaced with 45 new classrooms and modern facilities.

  • Hornby High is the first MOE project to use a ground-source heating system (underfloor).

  • Staging the work was made more complex with the High School temporarily using a Primary School building

  • Both sites remained fully operational while construction was carried out.

  • While the schools were developed under two separate contracts with two separate contractors, they were considered together in the design, staging and decanting processes.

Images supplied by Leighs Construction

Project Name

Hornby High and Hornby Primary


Ministry of Education