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.
A number of campus maintenance and decanting projects are scheduled during the quieter summer months:
- Work on improving pedestrian access from Kirkwood Avenue through to the Law Car Park will continue to the end of January.
- Work in the Ernest Rutherford building atrium is under way now and will continue for most of the summer break.
- Occupation of Rehua will be mostly completed in December. Some landscaping will take place around the building.
- Communications Disorders’ relocation is under way and will be complete in February.
- In the courtyard between the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering and Mechanical Engineering buildings borehole replacement, including resealing trench lids, will continue to the end of January.
Please be careful in these areas and if you see anything hazardous report it to UC Security immediately.
Any pedestrian or vehicle restrictions will be shared on the blog.
The UC Grounds Department plant sale is on for one day only – Thursday 29 November, rain or shine.
Time: 8am – 4pm
Where: Grounds Department on Homestead Lane opposite CLV Ilam Apartments
Due to the nursery downsizing and the desire to do less watering in Summer, the Grounds Department is having a clearance sale of plants. Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, natives, cultivated natives and exotics, there are plenty to choose from.
All plants will be $10.00 and under. For this you get the plant, the pot it came in and soil. Bonus, any weeds are free. Bring a bag, bring a box, bring a trailer.
Payment by EFTPOS, Debit / Credit Cards only. There will be no cash sales.
Other items available to purchase, by inquiring on the day include:
- 2x agriculture trailers
- 1x irrigation trailer with pipes and fittings pipes
- assortment of second hand paving stones
- roof tiles.
- expressions of interest in Halswell Quarry stone.
Enclosed shoes must be worn and please beware of slips, trips and falls.
Starting Monday 26 November, a condition audit of all UC buildings will start. The condition audit will be conducted by SPM Assets and will take place Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm. All surveyors will be wearing company labelled hi-vis vests and identification.
The building audit is a non-disruptive process and will start in general use areas. Access into specialised spaces will be coordinated by Facilities Management and staff in these areas will be informed when the survey will take place.
The audit is expected to continue until February 2019.