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We are well known for our work in the education sector. We have completed countless school building construction projects on behalf of the Ministry of Education, the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch and the school's Board of Trustees directly. We have completed new construction of schools, school refurbishment, strengthening and relocation projects.

We have also completed a number of accessibility upgrades, modern learning environment conversions and special needs projects. We have also worked with occupation therapists and the Blind Foundation to ensure the needs of individuals with special needs are met to an exceptional standard.

We understand the active school environment and the importance of strict site safety, as well as the pressure on schools to have buildings ready for the beginning of a school term. We are accustomed to working through holiday periods (including Christmas) to deliver a school building construction project for the beginning of the school year.

Tight project programmes and budget constraints are challenges we have successfully overcome on every project. Critically, we have never failed a final building inspection on a school site, and we have always been successful in obtaining a Code of Compliance Certificate to enable the building to be used as per the required occupation date.

You can hear from some of our education sector clients in our testimonials section.



Lyttelton Primary school

We completed an accessible upgrade project at Lyttelton Primary as Main Contractor to the Board of Trustees. The work consisted of complex engineered ramps and steps, handrails and disabled changing tables, and included associated landscaping. The work was located in an invasive area of the school, but were carefully programmed and project managed to ensure minimal disruption to the school, and the maintenance of high safety standards. The end result both meets accessibility objectives, and is aesthetically pleasing.

Lincoln High changing room upgrade

Lincoln high school - changing room upgrade

The Board of Trustees engaged us as Main Contractor to undertake a complete refurbishment of the gymnasium changing room and bathroom facilities. This included upgrading toilet areas, changing rooms, and shower blocks. This included all associated subcontractors to provide new fittings and fixtures for plumbing, electrical, flooring and partition requirements.

Lincoln gym

Lincoln high school - gymnasium upgrade

As a result of 3 previously successful projects at Lincoln High School, the Board of Trustees engaged us as Main Contractor to complete an upgrade to the gymnasium.

Work consisted of removal of existing clear cladding and replacing with ColourSteel vertical wall cladding, including replacing gutters, downpipes and preparing and making good existing adjacent weatherboard cladding. Constructing a new block firewall on the south west wall, upgrading the mechanical ventilation system, and undertaking interior decoration.

Sefton School

Sefton primary school

We were contracted by Sefton School Board of Trustees as Main Contractor to undertake special needs modifications suggested to the Ministry of Education by an occupational therapist, as part of their special needs modification programme. Our work was to construct and reconfigure existing spaces to accommodate the needs of a student. The upgrade included the modification of the existing boys' bathroom into a new sleeping area. To accommodate the new sleeping area, the existing storage cupboard and the girls' bathroom was upgraded to a new accessible toilet and unisex toilet respectively. The project was completed within the Christmas holiday period, so that the space was available for use at the commencement of Term 1. 

Our clients were very pleased with the result, as described below:

“This looks Fantastic. It’s great to have a trustworthy and competent contractor to work with”
Nathan Fisher, Project Manager


“Over the Christmas break we have had 2 of your builders here on site for a special needs project. We have all been impressed with their professionalism and the way they have got the project completed before the start of the new year. Please pass on our thanks to your team for a job well done”
David Haythornthwaite, Principal, Sefton School


School building refurbishment at St Bedes College

St Bedes Durham House - Winner of NZ Architecture Awards, Small Project Architecture 2016

In 2015 and 2016 we completed the strengthening and refurbishment of the oldest building at St Bedes College – Durham Hall, which is a three-storey brick structure. The project involved an extremely tight programme, so that work was completed and the building ready to occupy after the Christmas holidays. Not only was the work completed, but more importantly, we had all of the compliance documentation approved and processed by the Council to enable the building to be used. The scope of work included strengthening of the exterior walls, a new roof, interior refurbishment, a fire upgrade and new bathrooms. Despite the complexity of refurbishing an old building, we managed to deliver the project under budget.


St Bedes Science Block

A two-storey Science Block at St Bedes College was facing the prospect of demolition based on the extent of earthquake damage. In consultation with structural engineers, it was determined that the building could be strengthened and refurbished. Rather than the College enduring the cost and space constraints of rebuilding, our outcome was economical and fast. Our work included strengthening the walls and subfloor, new shower block and refurbishment throughout both levels of the building. During the project, we demonstrated close consultation with the College end users to adapt the scope to ensure it met their needs – we exceeded their expectations and the building has immediately been put to good use.  
A St Bedes College representative commented that it was, “Just great to see a fenced off building, destined for demolition burst back into life & more importantly ahead of time & on budget." The College will benefit greatly from the facility.

Construction of education buildings at Woolston School in Christchurch

Woolston School

To accommodate a growing school population, we had the pleasure of constructing 5 new architecturally designed classrooms at Woolston School as Main Contractor. They were a first constructed under a new design for the Ministry of Education, focusing on an open Modern Learning Environment. Detailed construction, high specification structural requirements, interconnecting rooms, large areas of timber decks and ramps, and bright interior and exterior design features made this a challenging yet rewarding project. The construction programme was extremely tight, however we managed to deliver the classrooms ahead of schedule, and allow the school to complete the critical task of preparing for a new school year in their new buildings. Key to this process was a comprehensive and professional approach to obtaining the Code of Compliance Certificate from Christchurch City Council. Obtaining the compliance documentation for a building to be occupied is just as imperative as the construction itself, and is something we excel at.

To read what our client has to say please visit our Testimonials Page

School refurbishment - working with second hand classrooms

Isleworth School

Working with second hand classrooms has become a speciality of ours over the last 5 years - with over 40 projects of a similar nature completed. At Isleworth School, we acted as the Main Contractor to establish two second hand classrooms onsite. Work involved new foundations, construction of a linkway interface between the two buildings, interior and exterior refurbishment, access ramp and step construction and management of all required subcontractor trades for completion of the project. This project was completed under budget, on time and to the delight of the school Principal.

school building refurbishment project for Unlimited school

Unlimited School

The Unlimited School found themselves in a temporary accommodation situation at Halswell Residential College, as a result of earthquake damage to their facilities. A new premises was negotiated onsite at the University of Canterbury, and quickly required construction of facilities.

Galletly Builders acted as Main Contractor for three stages of work: Refurbishment to existing buildings onsite, management of relocation and refurbishment of additional second hand classrooms relocated to site, and construction of thirteen new Opus designed classrooms.

 The new classrooms were constructed in an offsite location, then transported and established onsite so as to minimise construction disruption for neighbours. The accuracy of our workmanship was tested, by delivering 13 individual classrooms onsite to be joined together and fitted out.