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Cashmere Primary – Working together to create a master plan


Developing a master plan is the next stage in delivering a school’s capital project and follows on from the writing of an education brief. The master plan is a comprehensive long term planning tool intended to establish and guide the future development of the school site. It  reflects a clear vision for the future direction of teaching and learning and is supported by policies, guidelines, and priorities. 

These videos describe the master planning process followed by Cashmere Primary School. Find out how the school selected their design team and engaged with architects and project managers to develop their building designs. 

Before master planning

"There are three stages to master planning and the three stages merge together."

Master planning – The team 

"The master planning team is a very small group of people that lead the process. At this stage you need to be quite discerning about who are the members of your team."

Working with the architect and project manager

"Architects coming to your school and living and breathing it is really, really important."


  • Do the people involved with your master planning team have a clear understanding of your school's vision for teaching and learning? Can they articulate this clearly to architects and project managers?
  • How can you use your education brief as a foundation and review tool for the master planning process?
  • How can the master planning phase explore the full potential of the school site and offer new insights into the place it could be?


Find out more

Beginning the building design process
This Ministry of Education factsheet discusses the project brief, design guidelines, and how they link to the overall design process.

Design review panel
This Ministry of Education factsheet describes the design review panel and the design review process.