New classroom a gift from above

DROPPING IN: Nelson College's new classroom is lowered into place by crane.
DROPPING IN: Nelson College's new classroom is lowered into place by crane.

Nelson College's newest classroom arrived by way of road and crane.

The school has been allocated a prefabricated classroom from Nayland College and it was trucked to Nelson College late on Monday night.

The classroom will home students whose classes has been temporarily closed due to earthquake strengthening.

Deputy principal Tim Tucker said the new class would initially be a "stop-gap measure" while two classes were out of use, and would then be used by whichever department had the need for it.

The classroom was placed at the back on the school next to Waimea Rd.

Tucker watched as it was moved from the truck to its new site and said it all "looked very easy". He said it was lifted from the truck, with two cranes which then placed it perfectly on piles built into the ground.

Traffic had to be diverted while the room was moved.

Tucker expected it to be ready for use by the end of the week.

He was unsure what it would be used for next year but would have a use as the school roll was growing.

He said the school "got off very, very lightly" in its earthquake risk assessment.

The school had also closed its hall in early May after a low seismic rating.

Tucker said the school hoped the hall would be open by the end of term three. The school had an engineer who would be visiting next week to see what needed to be done.

Nelson College would also be building four new classrooms this year, to be used from the beginning of next year.

The $1.2 million Ministry of Education-funded project would see the commerce department move, while one classroom would be used as a multipurpose space for year 13 students.

The Nelson Mail