Category Archives: Campus Transformation

New building names – Meremere and Len Lye

Meremere  ̶̶  Business and Law

The Business and Law building lies at the heart of campus along with Matariki, Puaka-James Hight, Te Ao Mārama and Rehua. These five key buildings are ‘pou’ (pillars) for UC.

The Business and Law building has been renamed Meremere, and is an extension of the star theme for pou of UC. In Māori astronomy, Meremere is known as the evening star and is associated with the start of summer.

Around the world, Meremere is also commonly known as Venus – the second planet from the sun and the brightest celestial object after the sun and moon.

 Len Lye – School of Product Design

The former Engineering and Science Annex building is now home to the new School of Product Design, a place which inspires a culture of innovative creativity.

Inspirational and unconventional artist Len Lye was born in Christchurch and is New Zealand’s most well-known international artist. The notion that the creative arts, which are central to design, should be underpinned by practical technologies (science and engineering) to create novel products is highly consistent with the ideals of Len Lye.

Following Lye’s death in 1980 the Len Lye Foundation was established by UC alumni John Matthews (awarded a UC Honorary Doctorate 2015). Len Lye is well-known to students of arts and visual communication, a cohort represented strongly in the Bachelor of Product Design.

Power outage – Foundry – Monday 19 March 2018

As a consequence of needing to connect the Foundry building power supply to  a new substation, this building will be without power for most of the day.

Outage Period –    Monday 19th March, from   8am – 4.30pm
The building affected with a total power and data outage is:

  • The Foundry – including Bentley’s

Staff are advised that for the affected buildings with a power outage there will be NO ACCESS as the buildings will be locked down for the period of the outage.

It is recommended that building occupants turn off their computers and area printers last thing before leaving work on the afternoon before the outage.

Please forward this advice to any affected staff and student building users as appropriate.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rob Oudshoorn
Group Manager Engineering
Engineering Services
Int ext – 95498
Ph – (03)3695498
Mob – 0274364161

Closure of C Block Lecture Theatres – mid semester break

Due to upcoming hard demolition works on the old von Haast building, C-Block Lecture Theatres will be closed from Friday 30 March to Sunday 22 April, a period which includes both Easter and the mid-semester break.

As such, no bookings for any space within this block will be accepted during this period.

As previously advised, hard demolition will commence during the first week of March and continue through until the end of April.

For more information

Old von Haast – Demolition Update

Hard demolition of the old Von Haast building will commence the first week of March and continue through to the end of April. It is expected that noise will peak in mid-March and mid-April with the removal of the foundation slabs and the back filling of these spaces.

A protective walkway is being built between the demolition site, the School of Biological Sciences and the Central Lecture Theatres. Please note that during this demolition phase the pathways around the demolition may change due to temporary closures and/or spotters may be put in place. Please obey any signage or instructions given by the spotters. These are in place to keep everyone safe.

If you are having any issues working due to noise levels, please consult the Health and Safety options for managing Noise at Work and/or talk to your line manager about possible alternative options.

Any concerns should be addressed to the Project Managers Mark Homewood or Mary Watson.