Massey University unveils plans for Manawatu campus upgrade

22 February 2012 (Last Updated February 22nd, 2012 18:30)

Massey University in New Zealand has unveiled a plan to relocate the College of Education from the Hokowhitu site to Turitea on the Manawatu campus, as part of a NZD57m redevelopment project over the next five years.

$10 million building

Massey University in New Zealand has unveiled a plan to relocate the College of Education from the Hokowhitu site to Turitea on the Manawatu campus, as part of a NZD57m redevelopment project over the next five years.

The project includes seismic strengthening of the Sir Geoffrey Peren and Refectory buildings and the construction of a new multi-storey building, as well as the modification of several other buildings.

Massey University vice-chancellor Steve Maharey said: "We aim to provide the very best working and learning environment for our staff and students and this project, actually a series of inter-related projects, will do just that."

"This year we are opening a new $20m College of Creative Arts building on the Wellington campus that will enable us to proceed with plans to recruit new international postgraduate students. At Albany we are about to open a $15m student amenities centre that will become a hub for student services, dining, shopping, clubs and social activity."

The first stage of the project will involve construction of temporary villages on Colombo road and Collinson road to house staff from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Education.

It also involves the reconfiguration of teaching spaces in various buildings and design work for the restoration and upgrade of the Sir Geoffrey Peren building and the Refectory building.

A new NZD10m multi-storey building between the business building and Refectory, and overlooking the Oval is also planned.

The University Council has approved a NZD5.6m budget for the first stage of the project this year.

NZD23m is expected to be invested for the restoration and strengthening of the heritage buildings.

The Sir Geoffrey Peren building incorporates science laboratories, lecture theatres, and library and office space for staff, while the Refectory building was originally the dining hall and lounge for students living on campus but was later converted to teaching and office space.

The seismic upgrade of the Refectory is scheduled to be complete by mid-2014 and the Sir Geoffrey Peren building is expected be ready by early 2015.

 

Image: Massey University is planning to construct a $10m building to be located between the existing Business Studies Central on the left and the Refectory. Photo: Massey University.