Nelson College's Barnicoat boarding house re-opens after $2.3 million renovation

Nelson College students perform the college's haka at the opening of the refurbished Barnicoat House, the student's ...
MARTIN DE RUYTER

Nelson College students perform the college's haka at the opening of the refurbished Barnicoat House, the student's boarding house at the college.

With all the mod cons, an indoor-outdoor flow and all set for winter, the refurbished Nelson College's Barnicoat boarding house had its official re-opening on Saturday.

For more than a year, the boarding house has been undergoing a makeover to bring it up to speed with the needs of students in technological times. 

The total cost of the project came to $2.3 million, which was covered by the school.

Nelson College deputy principal Tim Tucker said the rooms were now wi-fi enabled with improved lighting, storage, modern desks  as well as carpeted floors and radiators. 

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Originally built in 1931, he said they had remained faithful to the boarding house's heritage value, "which is really obvious when you look at the house", sporting traditional colours.

Tucker said they hoped to do the same when it was time to  renovate Rutherford House. 

The house had been completely stripped inside and out, including staff accommodation, he said. 

As well as making sure the boys had a comfortable space to live in, he said an additional goal was to continue to attract quality staff.

"That is going to be so much easier when you've got really decent accommodation to put them in."

The official opening saw more than 80 people in attendance, including old boys, the board of trustees and project managers.

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The improvement to the boarding house was a real "community achievement" the result of "a fair bit of bravery and courage from the board", Tucker said.

"A number of the old boys were there and they did hark back to the old days and wished they were in boarding now, which is a really nice comment."

He said the re-opening was a "really positive and affirming" afternoon and "incredibly enjoyable for the hard work and all the effort and dedication that had gone in".

It was great seeing the boys "so happy" in their new houses, Tucker said. 

 

 - Stuff

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