More than 100 people gathered on the riverbank by the UCSA to farewell the quake-damaged building on Thursday. Among those attending was renowned architect Sir Miles Warren, who designed the UCSA building back in the late 1960s.
UCSA President Sarah Platt and ex-MP David Caygill who is Chair of the UCSA building fundraising committee and a former UCSA president, spoke at the ceremony sharing their memories of the building. UC Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr also spoke at the event, acknowledging the role of the UCSA, its associated clubs and the generations of students who passed through the building.
Rev Spanky Moore, UC’s Senior Ecumenical Chaplain and a former breakfast host on the student radio station RDU 98.5FM which used to broadcast from the UCSA building, blessed the site using water from the Avon River.
In contrast to an opening event when you might see a ribbon cut, the end of the ceremony was marked with the tying of ‘caution’ tape to cordon off the building.
The UCSA building will be demolished in 2016. A new purpose-designed facility will replace it on the same site.
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.