St Joseph’s School, Temuka - A case study in excellence

The outstanding upgrade of facilities at St Joseph’s School, Temuka achieved a complete transformation that delighted a community and is the envy of others. 

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St. Joseph’s upgrade an “outstanding” transformation

Harding Construction was contracted by Opus International Consultants on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch as the Main Contractor to complete an upgrade of Blocks 3 and 4 at St Joseph’s School, Temuka, in 2014. The contract value for this project was $320,000 (including variations). Work began in August and was completed in November, 2014. 

 Students from St Joseph's School celebrate their newly upgraded classroom blocks. 

Students from St Joseph's School celebrate their newly upgraded classroom blocks. 

Our brief for this project was to upgrade the existing classroom blocks, which included demolishing and replacing old walls, ceilings and flooring, creating new storage areas and re-lining classrooms. We co- ordinated sub-trades for painting services, roofing, aluminium joinery, floor coverings, plumbing, drainage and electrical services, and supply of metalwork and concrete work. 

We would like to officially thank you and your team for the outstanding work you completed for us as part of our recent recladding and building upgrades at our school.
— Bernie Leonard, Principal

The new design makes the most of indoor and outdoor learning spaces.


Co-ordination and communication the key to success

As the Main Contractor for this project it was our responsibility to co-ordinate the sub-trades required to complete the work on time, on budget, with no surprises. Our experienced project management team facilitated this with ease, ensuring excellent communication between the school, Opus, the sub- trade contractors and our crew. 

The foreman managed communications with subcontractors very efficiently, ensuring they worked around the needs of the school. At all times the team were efficient, obliging and fun to work with. We also found Simon extremely thorough during the final checks, insisting on every job being completed thoroughly and professionally.
— Bernie Leonard, Principal
 The upgrade created safe and easy flow between the classrooms and the rest of the school. 

The upgrade created safe and easy flow between the classrooms and the rest of the school. 


Cost-effective solutions

The scope of the project expanded from the initial quoted work to a significantly larger project as unforeseen structural issues were discovered once work had begun, requiring full and immediate remedy. Our skilled team quickly formulated a time and cost-effective solution for this, and work continued without interruption or delay. 

 The revamped classrooms are light, spacious, modern and attractive. 

The revamped classrooms are light, spacious, modern and attractive. 

Throughout the process we found your team to be extremely professional and willing to “go the extra mile” for us. The difficulties that arose from the original plans because of the internal state of the building were managed patiently by the foreman, who communicated extremely well with the project managers and myself.
— Bernie Leonard, Principal

The Harding Construction Team is safe, considerate and professional

At all times, our work and site safety practices were keyed to the fact that we were conducting construction work in a busy primary school with curious children all around, and teachers wanting to continue their classroom programmes with minimal disruption.

Harding Construction has an excellent Health and Safety record. All projects have an individual Site Specific Safety Plan tailored to meet the specific needs of that site. Our experienced team is well- versed in ensuring work on school sites is completed in as safe and unobtrusive a manner as possible. 

The building team were extremely safety conscious with the safety board very visible capturing our students’ attention, safe driving in and out of the school during school hours and limited interruptions with noise.
— Bernie Leonard, Principal
 Clean lines and a modern look transformed tired buildings into a 21st Century learning environment 

Clean lines and a modern look transformed tired buildings into a 21st Century learning environment 


Great to work with

Staff from the school were effusive in their praise for our team’s professional conduct and the way they worked in with the needs of the school. This was a very successful project with an excellent result. 

Staff found your team great to work with. The guys also sparked ideas for our young builders in our tech shed.
— Bernie Leonard, Principal
 Harding Construction Management were guests of honour at the school celebration blessing the finished buildings. 

Harding Construction Management were guests of honour at the school celebration blessing the finished buildings. 

The whole community is delighted with the final outcome of a complete transformation of a building that is the envy of others.
— Bernie Leonard, Principal