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Ernest Rutherford north entrance closed from 30 August

The north entrance of Ernest Rutherford will be closed from Thursday 30 August to allow for concrete repairs to take place in the forecourt. This will result in the bridge from the Civil/Mechanical and Engineering Core entrance being closed also. Pedestrians will be able to use the entrance from the Engineering Core / Link building and follow the path between Ernest Rutherford and the Beatrice Tinsley construction site and enter Ernest Rutherford from the side entrance. This work will be completed in time for the start of term four and access between the buildings will return to normal. All other entrances to Ernest Rutherford will remain open.

Follow the blue arrow for access between Ernest Rutherford and the Engineering Core.


Beatrice Tinsley – protected walkway construction this weekend

This weekend (18 – 19 August) construction will start on a protected walkway between the Ernest Rutherford building and Beatrice Tinsley construction site. This is in preparation for construction of the elevated link bridges that will join the two buildings.

Pedestrian access will remain at all times between Ernest Rutherford and the Beatrice Tinsley buildings – please be considerate of others and take care during busy times, as the passage could become congested. Alternatively, walk through the atrium of Ernest Rutherford.

‘Obrero’ film screening

All are invited to attend an on-campus screening of the documentary, Obrero next Monday, 6 August.

The largely untold story of the thousands of migrant workers who came to Christchurch from the Philippines following the earthquakes, Obrero details the Filipino workers’ involvement in construction and related industries to help rebuild the city, including the UC campus. 

The workers talk about their dreams, their lives in Aotearoa New Zealand and the contribution they’ve made to our city.

Director Norman Zafra will be available for a Q&A directly following the screening. Zafra is a Filipino documentary maker, currently completing his doctoral studies at Auckland University.

  • Date: Monday 6 August
  • Time: 4.00 – 5.00pm
  • Location: E12 Lecture Theatre

Beatrice Tinsley building timber technology developed at UC

Four-storey timber frames were lifted into place on the Beatrice Tinsley building site during the mid-year break.

Scheduled to be completed in 2019, the Beatrice Tinsley building will house College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao staff and postgraduate students. The building will be a central part of UC’s Science precinct, connecting into both the Ernest Rutherford and Biology buildings.

The building design, which pushes the boundaries of multi-storey timber-framed construction in Aotearoa New Zealand, was driven and developed by a team from UC, BECA and architects Jasmax. It uses laminated veneer lumber, or LVL, which has incredible strength and incorporates timber technology that UC researchers developed and are teaching UC Engineering students to use.

When complete the Beatrice Tinsley building will be the first multi-storey, all timber moment-framed and cross-braced building in Aotearoa New Zealand. A moment frame is a two-dimensional series of interconnected members that uses rigid connections. It can resist lateral and overturning forces, is more flexible than other options and allows larger movements in earthquakes. Find out more

Below: The first timber frames were lifted in to place on the Beatrice Tinsley site during the mid-year break.  

Below: The Beatrice Tinsley building is starting to take shape. 

Beatrice Tinsley – a UC legend

Beatrice Tinsley is one of the most creative and significant theoreticians in modern astronomy. Known as “Queen of the Cosmos” her work has had a profound influence on what scientists know about stars, the galaxy and the Universe itself. Read more