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Caption: Switched On Building Solutions supplied and installed all Décortech®, plywood linings and Seratone at Raekura Redcliffs School.  

Creative solutions for better learning spaces

With many new-build projects waiting for the go-ahead across the education sector, Principals and Boards of Trustees are facing significant challenges with equipping their spaces to meet the needs of future school rolls. However, Switched On Building Solutions General Manager Daniel Baker says there are creative options for schools. 

“While some big-picture projects are still on hold either temporarily or indefinitely, there are ways that primary and secondary schools can improve and repurpose existing spaces to help them better stand the test of time. We are working with schools in Wellington and Christchurch to come up with creative solutions through interior refurbishments, specialist linings and claddings, and facilities maintenance.” 

Trusted by the education sector for more than 40 years, Switched On Building Solutions has the experience, expertise, Master tradespeople and project managers to deliver short to medium-term solutions for schools, utlising existing spaces.  

Asset management – planned and reactive 

“We can work with your school to provide a full asset assessment and facilities maintenance programme. Your facilities will last longer if they are well maintained, allowing for more functional and comfortable learning environments,” Baker explains.  

The team also delivers reactive maintenance work, focusing on the school holiday period and outside of school hours to achieve results in a short window of time, with minimal disruption to students, teachers and whānau. 

Switched On Building Solutions provides planned and reactive maintenance services to Queen Margaret College, an independent girls’ school in Wellington. Working closely with their maintenance manager and Chief Financial Officer, the team is supporting the school to identify and prioritise work, with five years of upgrades planned out.  



Caption: Queen Margaret College has five years of maintenance planned out (including fresh paint work, as pictured) managed by Switched On Building Solutions in Wellington. 

Interior refurbishments and specialist panelling and cladding 

The team are also skilled in interior refurbishments that make the most of existing spaces within budget,  and are approved Trespa®, and Décortech®  installers too. 

“Switched On Building Solutions worked on the Te Raekura Redcliffs School rebuild. We supplied and installed all Décortech®, plywood linings and Seratone. To ensure this was executed perfectly we worked closely with the architect and Décortech® themselves,” Baker says. 

Tenant Brown Architects who worked on the project said: “It was evident the team had invested themselves in the project and were committed to delivering top quality results. The eye for detail that the install team had was second to none.” 

School communities matter 

Switched On Building Solutions is proud to also support the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi at local schools through sponsorships and projects. As part of the Switched On Group – Kā te Rama, the business has a strong foundation of whānau and iwi ownership and is Amotai Registered.  

“We are proud to serve communities beyond just doing the mahi,” says Baker.