In order to deliver world-class learning and teaching opportunities, and meet the changing needs of our students and industries, we need to make some changes to our physical campus.
Currently at our Mt. Albert campus we’re operating from 177 buildings spread over 53.5 hectares, making it difficult to deliver flexible, modern technology-based teaching.
We’re in the process of developing a more compact and lively campus at the southern end of our existing site. The new campus will offer students a flexible and dynamic learning experience where their studies can be much more closely integrated with industry and real-world projects. The new learning and teaching spaces will be carefully designed to deliver a cutting-edge educational environment that is collaborative, social and technology-enabled.
We also want to build on the success of our Concentrix and IBM Delivery Centre by bringing new businesses and employers onto our campus, creating an innovation incubator that benefits students and industry.
The new campus will be surrounded by green spaces, public parks and residential housing, bringing new value to the Auckland economy and the life of our surrounding communities. You can read more about the proposed plans for the rest of the site at www.unitec.ac.nz/futurecampus.
What happens first?
Resource consent has recently been granted from Auckland Council to begin the first stage of a new consolidated campus in nine hectares at the southern end of the campus. The consent includes the construction of four new buildings and the full refurbishment of two existing buildings.
In 2015 we developed prototype learning and office spaces. Staff and students have been enjoying the use of these and we have been collecting and analysing feedback to inform how future spaces will be designed.
In 2016 we will primarily focus on:
1) The Hub will be redesigned to be the heart of a world-class campus, and to support a more modern teaching and learning experience fitting of a modern 21st century Institute of Technology. Construction began in early 2016 and is expected to be completed for the beginning of Semester Two, 2017.
2) Developing a new Trades, Engineering and Construction facility that will feature versatile, multi-purpose spaces that can be transformed from a workshop to a lecture theatre allowing students from different programmes and courses to collaborate and learn from each other. Construction on this facility began in early 2016 and is expected to be completed for the beginning of Semester Two, 2017.
This short video captures our student’s first impressions of the refurbished hub.