Haere-roa, the new UCSA building is starting to take shape – the structural frame has been completed, and roof and cladding works are almost complete with the building due to be weather tight early in the New Year. Internally the work continues at pace with good progress being made on pipework, ducts, cables and walls.
While work on Haere-roa is progressing, there have been some challenges along the way that have resulted in a delay to the construction programme. This means Haere-roa is now scheduled to open in Semester 2 2019.
UCSA’s offices and the Events Centre/Foundry will remain in their current locations during Semester 1 next year.
Find out more about the new UCSA building and the meaning behind its name, Haere-roa.
New student accommodation coming
Next year UC will start a construction project on Homestead Lane to build a new student residential hall, which is due to open in 2021. The new 500-bed hall of residence will be opposite Ilam Apartments and groundworks are due to start in early 2019.
Homestead Lane is a narrow private road on UC property and traffic restrictions, including closures, will be in place during the project. Over the next 3-4 years, work will also be undertaken on Homestead Lane to enhance the pedestrian experience and improve safety. Some of this work will be carried out while the new hall of residence is under construction.
Keep an eye out on the blog for updates about the new hall of residence throughout 2019.
Orbiter bus route change – January 2019
ECan have advised that from Monday 7 January 2019, the Orbiter bus route will change. It will continue from Greers Road, along Waimairi Road to the Bush Inn Centre. It will not include Homestead Lane and Ilam Road. Additional stops will be added on Waimairi and Greers roads.
UC staff and students who wish to catch the Orbiter will need to walk down Homestead Lane or across llam Fields to/from Waimairi Road, or along llam or Clyde Road to/from Riccarton Road.
The Purple line and route 100 will still use llam Road, and these routes connect with Orbiter. Other unaffected bus routes servicing UC are the 120 and 130.
If you have questions about the Orbiter, please direct them to Ecan.
UCSA President Josh Proctor provides an account of fundraising efforts for the new UCSA building Haere-roa at the recent Queenstown Marathon.
(From left to right: UCSA President Josh Proctor, USAC exec member Alex Holmes, VC Dr Rod Carr, UCSA exec members Shayne Goldingham and Sam Broshnahan.)
The Queenstown Marathon was a fantastic event that those involved will remember for a long time.
Rod completed his twenty-first marathon and was accompanied by UCSA exec members Shayne Goldingham and Alex Holmes who were both completing their first.
Alex and Rod ended up passing each other a few times throughout the race, with Alex eventually finishing slightly in front.
Shayne chugged away and his halftime Facebook message stating he was on track to achieve a PB was accurate, and despite the pain, he was all smiles crossing the finish line.
Sam Brosnahan and I were entered in the half marathon, Sam’s second and my first.
All in all, we had a lot of fun and are glad to have been able to run in support of Rod who raised over $11,000 for Haere-roa. The UCSA Fundraising campaign is etching closer to $3 million and we’re very excited to be opening our new home next year.
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The first prefab unit will be removed from Dovedale Village on 25 October by Laing Properties. The unit will leave the site guided by pilot vehicles between 10.00pm – 11.00pm. Low levels of noise are expected. Please take care if you are in the area.
Further updates will be provided as more units are scheduled for removal.
You may have noticed the Department of Social Work and Human Services have moved. Earlier this term the department moved from Psychology Sociology (AR12) to the Music building.
Also Anthropology and Sociology administrators have moved to level 3 of the Psychology building. See the maps below for new locations.