St Margaret's College, Christchurch

St Margaret's College, Christchurch

St Margaret's School and Southbase both strive for excellence and our partnership has resulted in the delivery of a world-class education facility.

Client St Margaret’s College

Dates December 2013 - February 2015

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Key Project Facts


Southbase was appointed at the Developed Design stage of this project to work with the Design Team and Project QS across two projects within the College site. The brief was to deliver a first-class educational and recreational facility without compromising space or quality, and to minimise disruption while the site remained operational.

Early engagement with the sub-contracted supply chain allowed Southbase to leverage long-standing relationships and negotiate effectively in order to drive down cost and to achieve the Client’s budget, which was limited by their insurance settlement. 

Challenges and Solutions

An inflexible budget had a key influence on the approach to this project. During the early design phase, Southbase recommended methods and approaches that would maximise cost efficiencies while ensuring a strong design aesthetic and user-driven functionality. Southbase worked closely with the College Board of Trustees to stretch their available funding as far as possible. 

Partnering with the Design Team and College Maintenance Team, Southbase made sure that consideration was given to a whole-of-life approach, to ensure that the optimum capital build cost was balanced with ongoing OPEX. This was achieved by splitting sub-contracted works packages into minor labour packages and supplying materials, many of which were cost efficient alternatives proposed and procured by Southbase.

Working with the Structural Engineer, Southbase identified the benefits of using Buckling Restrained Braces (BRBs) within this development - the first time BRBs had been used in Christchurch, made in New Zealand by D&H in agreement with Star Seismic from the US.

Southbase also utilised the Target Sustainability Programme on-site to minimise construction waste.  By committing to the seven-stage Target Sustainability Improvement Loop the Client received environmental and financial advantages. 

Maintaining constant communication with the College Maintenance Team and Department Heads, Southbase ensured that any disruption during construction was kept to a minimum, and that Health and Safety remained a priority at all times.