“Amazing progress” is being made on Mount Aspiring College’s $33.5million buildings project, board of trustees chairman Ian Hall says.

Dr Hall, school principal Nicola Jacobsen and building contractor Naylor Love’s Central Otago regional manager, Greg Boland, last week hosted Ministry of Education head of property delivery Scott Evans and project delivery manager David Patterson on a tour of the site.

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult was also invited to inspect the project.

Dr Hall said the board was “very excited” about the progress since construction began in January.

“Within 12 months we are going to see the first of our students in these brand-new buildings. It has been a long time coming,” he said.

Mr Boland said the project was on deadline for completion in the fourth quarter of next year.

Up to 30 people were working on footings and precast panels last week. Up to 85 were expected on site when the project was in full swing, Mr Boland said.

Ms Jacobsen said the roll of 1140 would increase by about 20 at the start of term 3. The school’s master plan showed scope for 1600-1800 pupils .

She attributed consistent growth with people moving to the area.

Mr Evans said the project had reached a milestone.

“We are really excited about working with the school and getting to the stage where we are now. It is a really good stage.”

The project was initiated several years ago, under former principal Wayne Bosley.

The new buildings would house drama, music, a library, teaching, whare and administration spaces.

The project is being funded from the $1.3billion national schools redevelopment programme announced last year.