Category Archives: Campus Transformation

UC buildings recognised with regional and national awards

The project team at the National Property Council Awards.

The University of Canterbury’s new Ernest Rutherford and Rehua buildings were recognised in two building awards this month.

At the Canterbury branch’s New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards, the Ernest Rutherford building at the centre of UC’s new Science Precinct, won three awards including interior and architecture awards as well as the Resene Colour Award. The eight level Rehua building, home to the College of Education, Health and Human Development, College of Business and Law Executive Development Programmes and UC Centre for Entrepreneurship, also won two awards; interior and architecture awards. The buildings took nearly all the awards in the Education Building award category.

The Ernest Rutherford and Rehua buildings will now be considered in the National New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards held in Queenstown in November.

The five-storey Ernest Rutherford building was also recognised at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards with an Excellence Award in the GIB Education Property Award.

Excellence awards are presented to projects that are among the best in the category. They symbolise excellence in the property industry across all aspects of the evaluation including: economic and financial; project vision and innovation; design and construction; owner and user satisfaction; and sustainability and efficiency of operation.

UC’s Executive Director of Learning Resources Alex Hanlon, who attended the awards ceremonies along with members of the project team, contractors and architects, is pleased with the result.

“This is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved and acknowledges the thought and consideration that has gone into the $1.2 billion campus transformation,” she says.

“The project teams aim to plan, design and manage projects in a way that contributes to the wellbeing and development of UC as a modern teaching, learning and research institute. It is gratifying to have both Ernest Rutherford and Rehua recognised with these awards.

“We build these facilities to provide thousands of people the opportunity to learn, research and contribute to society in their chosen fields as well as to advance knowledge creation. On all these counts these buildings will contribute to a brighter future for New Zealand.”

UC is renowned for its lush park-like surroundings. The University invites neighbours, alumni, visitors and the wider public to visit the campus, explore these and other buildings, relax and enjoy some of the hospitality on offer at UC in several cafes and restaurants.

Read more about UC’s current and recent projects.

The University wishes to acknowledge the following:

Contractors and consultants of Ernest Rutherford:

  • Fletcher Construction
  • Jasmax (Architects)
  • DJRD (Laboratory Specialists
  • Umow Lai
  • Cosgroves
  • Beca
  • Turner and Townsend
  • Rawlinsons
  • Aurecon
  • Royal Associates Architects (Design Consultants)
  • Holmes Fire

Contractors and consultants of Rehua:

  • Hawkins
  • The Project Office
  • Athfield Architects
  • Rider Levett Bucknell
  • Holmes Consulting
  • Powell Fenwick
  • Cosgroves
  • Aurecon

A look inside Haere-roa: The Foundry

In this week’s Haere-roa update, Kevin (UCSA’s International Student Rep) takes you for look around an old institution on campus – The Foundry.

A tour of The Foundry, Haere-roa

This venue has been around for a long time, but come July it will make its big move across the carpark to the new student building.

There’ll be a few changes when The Foundry opens in its new location, including longer opening hours Monday to Friday. Take a look.

A quick look at the new Haere-roa building

After two years of construction, the new UCSA building and student space Haere-roa will open in July.

It’s an exciting time for students and staff of the UCSA who are looking forward to finally making the space home.

Among its many features, the building will include:

  • the Ngaio Marsh Theatre
  • an outdoor amphitheatre
  • a 24/7 heat-and-eat social space
  • cafés and bars,  Bentley’s and the Foundry
  • a BBQ and a large lawn, and
  • a dedicated club workroom with a printer and bench space.

Take a look at some of the sights

Exterior of Haere-roa fronted by UCSA Exec
Haere-roa in March 2019. The UCSA’s Executive Team and CEO stand outside. Since this photo, landscaping has begun.
Haere-roa Interior Scene
A rendering of a sunny interior space within Haere-roa.
Interior of The Foundry
A rendering of the new-look Foundry bar, which will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am til late during term time.
Interior of Ngaio Marsh Theatre
A rendering of the Ngaio Marsh Theatre, which will have a retractable seating structure that allows for a capacity of 330 people seated and 1000 standing.
Interior of Ngaio Marsh Theatre with UCSA Exec
The Ngaio Marsh Theatre back in March.

For more information, or to donate to the Save me a seat campaign for Ngaio Marsh Theatre, please visit the UCSA website.

Pedestrian friendly UC

Concrete bollards placed around the centre of campus for the Anzac Day service will remain in place going forward. The bollards have reduced the number of vehicle movements around the centre of campus making it a safer and more pedestrian-friendly area.

Making UC a more pedestrian-friendly environment is part of the Campus Transformation and Landscape Master Plan. In time different methods of reducing vehicle movements will be implemented using planting and planter boxes for example.

In the meantime, continue to take care around the bollards, especially now campus is busy again after mid-semester break. If you skateboard, cycle or scooter around campus please reduce your speed and be considerate of others and pedestrians.

See more about UC’s Landscape Master Plan here>

The story behind our new UCSA logo

Following the recent Staff Forum, many people have been asking about the meaning behind the UCSA’s new logo.

The logo was designed as an iconic representation of the Haere-Roa, spring-source of the Ōtākaro | Avon River, flowing through the University Campus.

Alongside their new logo, UCSA have also incorporated Ākonga tū, ākonga ora as a motto, which was inspired in part, by UC’s vision of People prepared to make a difference – Tangata tū, tangata ora.

Both statements are adapted from the original whakataukī (proverb), Tama tū, tama ora; tama noho, tama matekai (Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna, Hirini Moko Mead and Neil Grove, pg 358), which captures the importance of being engaged, connected and active in life in order to flourish and live well.

Ākonga is the te reo Māori term used for student across UC and so it was used in place of ‘tangata’ in the UCSA motto in recognition of their role as representatives and advocates for the UC student community.

For the UCSA, ‘Ākonga tū, ākonga ora’ is about being there to support all UC students to belong and succeed.

Named after the spring-source Haere-roa, the UCSA’s new building, embodies the tribal tenets of manaakitanga. It recognises UCSA as a place for all people to be welcomed, to rest, to be hosted and to receive sustenance.

For many, UCSA will be a marker in their journey, it will be a place they stop to contemplate, replenish and prepare for the next part of the journey.

For more about the UCSA, visit their website here>