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Closure of C Block Lecture Theatres – mid semester break

Due to upcoming hard demolition works on the old von Haast building, C-Block Lecture Theatres will be closed from Friday 30 March to Sunday 22 April, a period which includes both Easter and the mid-semester break.

As such, no bookings for any space within this block will be accepted during this period.

As previously advised, hard demolition will commence during the first week of March and continue through until the end of April.

For more information

Old von Haast – Demolition Update

Hard demolition of the old Von Haast building will commence the first week of March and continue through to the end of April. It is expected that noise will peak in mid-March and mid-April with the removal of the foundation slabs and the back filling of these spaces.

A protective walkway is being built between the demolition site, the School of Biological Sciences and the Central Lecture Theatres. Please note that during this demolition phase the pathways around the demolition may change due to temporary closures and/or spotters may be put in place. Please obey any signage or instructions given by the spotters. These are in place to keep everyone safe.

If you are having any issues working due to noise levels, please consult the Health and Safety options for managing Noise at Work and/or talk to your line manager about possible alternative options.

Any concerns should be addressed to the Project Managers Mark Homewood or Mary Watson.

 

von haast demolition update

You’ll have noticed the hoardings going up around von Haast in preparation for demolition.

This is scheduled to begin late November once exams are completed. Work will commence initially at the northern end, and a week later, also from the southern end. You can see how demolition will proceed here>

The contractors will work from 7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and from 7.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays.

As demolition proceeds, dust will be managed on site with water as required, however it is unavoidable that some noise and vibration will be felt by those in the immediate area. If you find yourself adversely affected by noise, please consult the Health and Safety options for managing Noise at Work.

Extra truck movements will be restricted to the SBS car park and Forestry Road out to Creyke Road, with no impacts expected on the wider campus.

During the first phase of demolition (late Nov – Dec) a temporary diversion of the north/south accessway through the Engineering Core will be required. Signage will be in place to indicate the detour.

The demolition is expected to be completed by mid February when the hoardings will be reconfigured in preparation for construction of the new building.

Please contact the Project Managers Mark Homewood or Mary Watson with any concerns.

 

RRSIC Stage 2 – von Haast project update

On Monday 4 September, the accessible ramp and general access from the north side of SBS will be closed off and a new accessibility ramp will be installed on the south side.

Site hoardings along the eastern side of von Haast, outside Central Lectures theatres, are scheduled to be erected during the mid-term break between 28 August and 8 September. This will significantly reduce the width of the access pathway into SBS and C Block but will not affect emergency egress.

Please advise anyone you think may be affected by these changes, and refer any queries to Project Manager Mark Homewood.

More information on the von Haast project.

Start of works on von Haast building

On 24 July the University will hand the von Haast building over to Dominion Constructors Ltd for demolition, and erection of hoardings around the site will begin.

There has been a change to the programme that was advised late last year. Demolition will now proceed from the southern to the northern end. This is to enable the contractors to gain access to the foundations at the south end of the building as soon as possible to enable early installation of the timber frame.

There will inevitably be noisy works during the demolition phase that may impact in different ways upon staff and students in the vicinity, however we are working with the contractors to ensure these impacts cause as little disruption and inconvenience as possible. We have produced a timeline of demolition and construction activities to indicate what can be expected, and when. During exam periods, we will work closely with the exam teams and the main contractor to ensure noise is reduced.

As demolition proceeds, dust will be managed on site with water as required, however it is unavoidable that some noise and vibration will be felt by those in the immediate area. If you find yourself adversely affected by noise, please consult the Health and Safety options for managing ‘Noise at Work.

As we move through the demolition phase into construction of the new building, there will be changes to pedestrian routes around the site in three stages. These can be viewed on-line here, but rest assured that north-south access will be maintained at all times throughout the project.

This represents an exciting milestone for the University as we begin work on the central building that will draw together all the elements of our magnificent new Science precinct. A process that began with construction of the new Biological Sciences building pre-earthquake, followed by refurbishment of the old Zoology building and culminating most recently, with construction of the soon-to-be completed RRSIC building at the centre of campus.

When this new Stage 2 building is completed, more than $300 million will have been invested in the precinct from University funds, Crown Capital contribution and insurance settlements, and we look forward to producing many future scientists of the same calibre as those UC has produced in the past.

You can find more details of the new building here>