Canterbury University rebuild: ‘A little city’

CONNECTED: A common theme while researching what the campus should look like was one that is connected and buzzing.

Canterbury University is looking at future development for the next 30 years now its earthquake repairs are almost complete.

It has developed a master plan that includes three “flagship projects” that will be complete by 2018.

The fully refurbished Engineering Precinct will see its first students this year, and the new Regional Science and Innovation Centre will open its doors mid-year.

The College of Education, Health and Human Development, along with some programmes from the Business and Law College will be in the newly renovated Rehua building when it opens its doors at the start of 2018.

Learning resources executive director Alex Hanlon said it’s been exciting to facilitate how the community will develop now and into the future.

“From student events to high-end research facilities, UC is a little city inside a larger city. We had to consider how lots of different things relate to each other,” she said.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr said he was eager to see a bright, vibrant, modern campus.

The plan, developed by the university’s learning resources team, involved a lengthy process of research.

An open expression of culture was considered crucial to the project, and Ngāi Tūāhuriri worked with the learning resources team.

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