University of Canterbury unveils new design for campus


New Zealand's University of Canterbury (UC) has unveiled its new 30-year plan to redesign and develop its campus into a 'city inside a city', following the 2010 earthquake that struck the South Island.

Research, analysis and consultation for the proposal was carried out by the university's learning resources team in order to determine the trends that would shape its final vision.

UC vice-chancellor Dr Rod Carr said: “The plan is an exciting step, and tangible proof we are now very much looking forward into a future that will see a UC with a bright, vibrant, modern campus that will lead the world in many aspects of its development.”

The first stage of the masterplan will provide key projects and initiatives through to the university’s 150-year Jubilee in 2023, while the second phase forecasts initiatives for the next ten years through to 2045.

The plan's third stage explores potential, and is intended to identify opportunities for UC's expansion.

"The plan is tangible proof we are now very much looking forward into a future that will see a UC with a bright, vibrant, modern campus."

Learning Resources executive director Alex Hanlon said: “We started with the physical estate, but then it was very much about how our spaces enable all the fantastic work that our university community does.

“People especially wanted a connected campus, one that encouraged interaction and inspiration around a strong and vibrant central hub that buzzes with activity.”

Three flagship projects will be completed at UC through 2017-18, with modern teaching, learning and research facilities all planned for development.

The fully refurbished Regional Science and Innovation Centre is expected to open its doors this year, while the renovated Rehua building is due to reopen at the start of next year.

UC developed the ambitious scheme to further its strategic objectives of supporting new teaching and research.