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UCSA update – Demolition starting in August

Many of you will have noticed more hoardings are going up around the UCSA building. The building will be handed over to the demolition contractor later this week, and they will start demolishing the building this month. Demolition is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Please note:

  • the footbridge between University Drive (opposite University Bookshop) and the UCSA building is closed. Please use the footbridge between University Drive (opposite the Angus Tait building) and the Health Centre instead. (From the UCSA carpark, follow the path on the north side of the Health Centre to access the footbridge.)
  • a new pedestrian crossing has been installed at the north east corner of The Foundry Events Centre
  • drivers should continue to access the UCSA car park from Ilam Road via the existing entrance (at the north end of the car park next to the UCSA building), and leave the car park via the existing exit (at the south end of the car park near The Foundry)
  • drivers should follow the white directional arrows painted on the ground in the car park and keep an eye out for new give way signs
  • there is a reduced number of car parks available.

 Take care and Think first.

Please take care and look out for others when walking, cycling, skateboarding or driving near the UCSA site.

Construction activity in the area will ramp up over the next few months. Slow down and watch out for trucks and other vehicles coming and going from the site.

Think first.


The new UCSA building

When the new UCSA building opens its doors in 2019 it will provide a hub for student life and activities, and be a pivotal part of the UC student experience.

The Ngaio Marsh performance theatre will open once again in the new building, which will feature social, hospitality, meeting, club/society, office and event spaces. The outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the Avon River will also be retained, and popular student spots The Foundry and Bentleys will move back into the building.


Artist’s impressions of the new UCSA building (above) and the Ngaio Marsh performance theatre (below).


It’s not just UC students who will benefit from the new building, the wider community will also have the opportunity to enjoy it. Whether it’s going to the theatre or attending a music concert, or using one of the event spaces for a meeting or function between semesters when students are away.

More information is available at:

Celebrating the past – UCSA exhibition in Matariki Gallery

As part of a student executive reunion being held this weekend, the UCSA is holding an exhibition in the lower concourse in the Matariki building. The exhibition celebrates UC student life over the years and also includes the latest images of the new UCSA building. If you’re in the area, drop in and have a look.



UCSA footbridge closed

The footbridge between University Drive (opposite the University Bookshop) and the UCSA building is now closed as construction work is ramping up in the area. Detour signs are in place.

Please use the footbridge between University Drive (opposite the ICT carpark/Angus Tait building) and the Health Centre instead.

Take care and look out for others when using this footbridge – cyclists and skateboarders please slow down. Think first!

Footbridge detour

Take care, Think first and get some free stuff!

With UC’s campus transformation well under way, there’s lots of construction activity happening around the place. And now that work is due to start on the UCSA building, there’ll be more trucks,  contractors and detours – it’s super busy!

So, take care and stay alert when near construction sites on campus.

  • Watch out for trucks and other construction vehicles coming and going from building sites – be careful when near site gates.
  • If traffic management staff or detour signage is in place, make sure you follow instructions. This applies to everyone – whether you’re driving, cycling, skateboarding or walking.
  • Stay outside construction sites and fencing.
  • Slow down when you’re near construction sites.
  • Think first. You never know what’s around the corner – watch this!

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Watch the latest Think first video to find out what happens next!

Think first freebies
Get some free stuff! Come to the Undercroft between 11am and noon on Friday 22 July.

We’ll be giving away Think first drink bottles, reusable coffee cups, phone wallets, key rings, lip balms, tote bags, and ice scrapers (handy for de-icing your car windscreen on those frosty winter mornings or when you’re up at the ski fields!).

See you there!