The rebuilt Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges will be co-located on the site currently occupied by Marlborough Girls' College and Bohally Intermediate. Bohally Intermediate will be relocated and rebuilt on the current Marlborough Boys' College site.
The decision has been made after an extensive search to find an alternative green-field site – the preferred option of both colleges and the community – proved unsuccessful.
"After years of uncertainty, people in Blenheim finally have clarity about the future locations of both the Colleges and Bohally Intermediate," Chris Hipkins said.
"The search for a suitable site has taken much longer than we would have wanted. The Marlborough community has worked with the Government over many months and we appreciate their time and constructive engagement.
"Marlborough Boys' and Girls' Colleges' facilities are in poor condition. Their buildings have deteriorated and have weather tightness issues.
"When I became the Education Minister, I made a commitment to the community to move forward work on the co-located colleges' project, and I'm delighted that we've now made progress. I would also like to acknowledge the Board Chair and Principal of Bohally Intermediate who have worked with us to help us find a way forward.
Preliminary design work will begin early in the New Year.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)