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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

Two UC building projects recognised at Architects Awards

UC achieved an almost clean sweep in the Education Building category of the Canterbury New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards last night with two UC projects, Ernest Rutherford and Rehua winning a combined five awards at the event.

In the Education Building category Ernest Rutherford won architecture and interior architecture awards as well as the Resene Colour Award. Rehua also won architecture and interior architecture awards.

The two projects will now be considered for the National New Zealand Institute of Architecture Awards held in Queenstown later this year.

UC’s Programme Director Brian Phillips was on hand to receive the awards along with project architects and was pleased with the result.

“This is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved and acknowledges the thought and consideration that has gone into the campus transformation,” he says.

Brian Phillips and Senior Project Manager Alan Palmer accompanied Jasmax, DJRD Architects, Royal Associates Architects and Athfield Architects Ltd design in collecting the awards at the ceremony held in Christchurch on 6 June.

Thanks for a great start to 2018!

I would like to take a moment to thank all of the staff who worked so hard to set the University up for success with Orientation Day and opening of the Ernest Rutherford Building last week.

Orientation Day on 16 February was a great success. There was a 29% increase in registrations compared to last year and more than 3,500 people attended – up more than 1,000 on last year. There were more than 2,715 attendees at College sessions – well up on last year’s 1,598. Almost 1,200 students took a campus tour.

The opening of Ernest Rutherford, the centrepiece of the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC) by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, was another highlight in a week of highlights. The opening was attended by more than 300 of the University’s key stakeholders, most of whom were clearly impressed when they toured the building once the formalities were completed.

Staff have worked hard to have the Ernest Rutherford building and the redeveloped Engineering wings ready for teaching in 2018 and I thank staff for completing that significant achievement. With the return of students to campus this week, we are set for a terrific 2018.

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Official Ernest Rutherford building opening

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has officially opened the new Ernest Rutherford building.

Stage 1 of the $220 million Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC), the Ernest Rutherford building  was opened with fanfare and fireworks, in front of hundreds of invited guests, including Professor Mary Fowler, great-granddaughter of Lord Rutherford, UC’s famous alumnus. Professor Fowler, a geophysicist, has been Master of Darwin College, Cambridge, UK, since October 2012, and was guest of honour. 

See below for a gallery of photos. (Check out volcanologist Ben Kennedy’s volcano hat!)

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