We’re excited to confirm that from next week, our Digital Screen Campus will be one step closer.
Under the first package of work designed to transform Dovedale into the Digital Screen Campus, four of our existing buildings will be redeveloped.
- Education Music (ED01)
- Ōtākaro (ED03)
- Henry Field (ED08)
- Jack Mann (ED10)
Ōtākaro will be the first cab off the ranks, with work on its internal refit scheduled to begin Monday 19 September and will be finished for the beginning of Semester 1 next year.
Once complete Ōtākaro will house teaching, postgraduate and meeting spaces, computer labs, visual effects (VFX) suites, a motion capture room and more.
To compliment the building’s title, the original name of Ōtautahi’s Avon River, teaching spaces within Ōtākaro will reference specific waterway elements:
- Hīwai: Spring
- Māpua: Spring
- Kōmanawa: To well up to the surface
- Mātāwai: Place where water pools before flowing
- Kāuru: Head of a river
- Kautawa: Tributary
- Muriwai: Junction
- Korou: Major current
Here’s a glimpse at designs from buildings up and down Aotearoa New Zealand that have been inspiring the team when it comes to the innovative new look and feel for Ōtākaro’s interior:
Start dates for the work being undertaken on the remaining buildings; Education Music, Henry Field and Jack Mann, will be shared in due course.
While we work through the resource consent process with the Christchurch City Council and the wider UC and Ōtautahi Christchurch Communities, we’re taking the opportunity to have a closer look at land we hope to use for proposed new facilities on Dovedale, the site that will become UC’s Digital Screen Campus.
Geotech work is scheduled to take place on the land behind hoardings on Dovedale Avenue from 18 to 26 July.
While much of the work should go unnoticed by our Dovedale neighbours, staff, tenants and students living in the Hayashi and Sonoda villages, sonic boreholes scheduled for 25-26 July are expected to generate short bursts of loud noise.
Depending on how hard the drill has to work to excavate the ground, the sound generated from sonic boreholes can be anywhere between 75 – 100 decibels. Given the proximity of the test locations to neighbouring occupied spaces however, the intensity should be relatively low.
Each test should take no longer than two minutes to complete and the team will be working on three holes over those two days.
A complete rundown of the works planned this month:
- Core Penetration Tests and Scala Penetrometer testing will run from 18 July to 21 July.
- Sonic Boreholes will start 25 July, finishing 26 July.
All works, and sound generated as a result, will comply with the Christchurch City Council’s Resource Management Act.
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