Category Archives: Campus Transformation

Beatrice Tinsley – protected walkway construction this weekend

This weekend (18 – 19 August) construction will start on a protected walkway between the Ernest Rutherford building and Beatrice Tinsley construction site. This is in preparation for construction of the elevated link bridges that will join the two buildings.

Pedestrian access will remain at all times between Ernest Rutherford and the Beatrice Tinsley buildings – please be considerate of others and take care during busy times, as the passage could become congested. Alternatively, walk through the atrium of Ernest Rutherford.

Forestry Road closed at south end – Wed 8 August

Forestry Road will be closed between Arts Road and the Biology car park on Wednesday 8 August from 6am until 6pm. This closure is to allow for the removal of containers.

Access to the Clyde and Psychology car parks will be via Clyde and Arts roads.

Pedestrian access will remain in place alongside the Forestry building – please take extra care when in the area.

Beatrice Tinsley building timber technology developed at UC

Four-storey timber frames were lifted into place on the Beatrice Tinsley building site during the mid-year break.

Scheduled to be completed in 2019, the Beatrice Tinsley building will house College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao staff and postgraduate students. The building will be a central part of UC’s Science precinct, connecting into both the Ernest Rutherford and Biology buildings.

The building design, which pushes the boundaries of multi-storey timber-framed construction in Aotearoa New Zealand, was driven and developed by a team from UC, BECA and architects Jasmax. It uses laminated veneer lumber, or LVL, which has incredible strength and incorporates timber technology that UC researchers developed and are teaching UC Engineering students to use.

When complete the Beatrice Tinsley building will be the first multi-storey, all timber moment-framed and cross-braced building in Aotearoa New Zealand. A moment frame is a two-dimensional series of interconnected members that uses rigid connections. It can resist lateral and overturning forces, is more flexible than other options and allows larger movements in earthquakes. Find out more

Below: The first timber frames were lifted in to place on the Beatrice Tinsley site during the mid-year break.  

Below: The Beatrice Tinsley building is starting to take shape. 

Beatrice Tinsley – a UC legend

Beatrice Tinsley is one of the most creative and significant theoreticians in modern astronomy. Known as “Queen of the Cosmos” her work has had a profound influence on what scientists know about stars, the galaxy and the Universe itself. Read more

Forestry Road closed at south end – Wed 4 July

Forestry Road will be closed between Arts Road and the Biology car park on Wednesday 4 July from 6am until 6pm. This closure is to allow for work to be carried out on the windows in the Rehua building.

Access to Clyde and Psychology car parks will be via Clyde and Arts roads.

Please follow traffic management in place and take extra care when in the area.