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Access to new buildings

With the start of the new year, two of our major building projects are in the final stages of completion.

The return of the Mechanical and the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering wings back to the University brings the Canterbury Engineering the Future project to a close, providing our engineering staff and students with some of the most modern educational facilities available.

We also see the Ernest Rutherford now certified to allow public access and in the final processes of completion. The hoardings have been removed from around the new building and we are finally being exposed to the size, scope and potential of this amazing new building. There is no doubt excitement is mounting, and we are all keen to visit and view these new spaces.

Because there is still significant work involved in converting the finished building into functional teaching spaces, unfortunately we need to restrict general access to minimise risk until this final step has been completed. There will be ample opportunity to experience these new spaces for yourselves from the week commencing 12 February when the doors will be open for general access and a formal opening for Ernest Rutherford is planned.

In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and understanding in not trying to enter or access these buildings. This will ensure the safety of all contractors, project teams and equipment, and help make the final stages that much more efficient.

Nāhaku noa, nā
Darryn Russell

Come and farewell the UCSA building

For more than 40 years the University of Canterbury Students’ Association building has been a hub of student life, housing a radio station, Canta magazine, bars, a restaurant, and even a cat called Bentley.

But now it’s time to farewell the quake-damaged building. Badly damaged in the 2011 earthquakes, the UCSA building will be demolished in 2016. A new purpose-designed facility will replace it on the same site.

A farewell ceremony will be held on the Avon riverbank, near the building on Thursday 10 December at 10am. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments at Bentley’s bar Events Centre, 90 Ilam Road, where initial design concepts for the new UCSA building will be on display.

University of Canterbury students and staff, both past and present, and the general public are welcome to attend the farewell ceremony.

*Please note internal access to the building is not possible for safety reasons.

UCSA invite