Category Archives: Campus Transformation

East entrance the Ernest Rutherford closed 9 – 20 September

The east entrance to the Ernest Rutherford building as well as the walkway between the Beatrice Tinsley and Ernest Rutherford buildings will be closed from Monday 9 September to Friday 20 September.

You will still be able to walk through the Ernest Rutherford building using the north and south entrances and across the bridge to the Engineering Core. The closure is to allow for asphalt work to take place. Please take care in the area during this time, follow any directional signage and stay outside the fenced off area.

Closed walkway around Ernest Rutherford

The walkway between the Ernest Rutherford building and the new Beatrice Tinsley building will be closed from 24 August to 8 September.

You will still be able to walk through Ernest Rutherford building and across the bridge to the Engineering Core. The closure is to allow for asphalt work to take place. Please take care in the area during this time, follow any directional signage and stay outside the fenced off area.

Universities Step Challenge – 10,000 Step Challenge

Just like the Aotearoa Bike Challenge at the start of this year in February, we are inviting you to join in on the Universities step challenge. The challenge has been set by the team at CQ University Australia and they have invited campuses all around Australia and New Zealand to join in.  It is open to all staff, students, and anyone who is associated with UC, with official registrations of the challenge starting on 1 August (SO SAVE THE DATE!)

The challenge is simple, you need to complete 10,000 steps a day from 19 August to 29 September. As daunting as this may sound, it is not impossible. Once you take into account walking to and from office, up and down stairs, to and from meetings, and around the campus, the steps starts to rack up without you even knowing.

So who are we battling against in the challenge of the steps? Well there are a total of 12 universities across Australasia in the Universities Step Challenge.

The Australian universities are:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast
  • The University of Queensland
  • Western Sydney University

The champions universities in New Zealand are:

  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Being the only campus from the South Island we need to show the others the true grit of Canterbury walking. We already won the Super Rugby so now’s not the time to slow down. Let’s keep this championship mentality going forward one step at a time as each step is in the right direction for you overall health and wellness. Jump onto our website to get more information or talk to your faculty coordinator to join the team in the challenge. If you don’t know who they are then please get in contact with me via email.

Go on, take on the challenge. EVERY STEP COUNTS!

Take a look around Haere-roa: Club facilities

This week, UCSA’s Post-Graduate Representative, Katie Mills, takes us for a look at some of the great club facilities in the new student building Haere-roa. Inside, you’ll find a club meeting room, printing facilities, and lots of bookable event spaces. Over the coming weeks, we’ll also take a peek inside the Ngaio Marsh Theatre, which will be another amazing club facility for shows, balls and other events.

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