onehunga high school.
Synergine was proud to be the recipient of the Arthur Mead Memorial Award for its strategic planning, environmental outcomes and project management work on the sports field redevelopment project at Onehunga High School.
Synergine was initially engaged to assist the school leadership in obtaining funding for this significant education and community redevelopment project, resulting in a $1M award from a local government funding agency (the largest sum awarded by the fund at the time) on the basis of the demonstrable quadruple bottom line benefits realisable through the project.
Synergine subsequently provided end-to-end management of the project, including project management, stakeholder management and the management of design, consenting and construction. Technically challenging, the project incorporated a significant stormwater channel diversion, development of a stormwater treatment wetland (incorporating outdoor education components, and mechanically stabilised embankments, which combined enabled over 6,000m² of additional usable land to be used for multi-code playing and training fields.
From the outset, this project required comprehensive multi-party negotiation between the Ministry of Education, Transit NZ, and Infrastructure Auckland, as well as with the school and community stakeholder groups. Anecdotally, the benefits extended beyond the sports field and into the school and wider community including a reduction in truancy, improved school culture, improved adult education outcomes, and an uplift in amenity to the entire area.