Justice Mathew Downs has ordered Hawkins Construction to pay $13.4 million + gst for remediation of a Botany high school which opened only in 2004.
Hawkins Construction North Island Ltd built the school’s buildings between 2003-09. The company’s name was changed to H Construction North Island Ltd in 2017, when Downer NZ Ltd bought the construction business from the McConnell family.
The claim was taken to the High Court by the Education Minister, Secretary for Education and the board of trustees of Botany Downs Secondary College.
Justice Downs said in his decision, out today: “The sum is not small, but Hawkins was paid approximately $28 million to build the school; pupils & teachers have not had the benefit of healthy code-compliant buildings for 8 years; and the award reflects the amount necessary to repair the school, not more.”
Judgment: Botany Downs Secondary College decision
- More to come on this judgment once I’ve been through the detail.