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Design concept for the new University of Waikato Tauranga CBD campus

Hawkins to build Tauranga CBD tertiary campus

The University of Waikato has chosen Hawkins Construction to build its new Tauranga CBD tertiary campus development.


University of Waikato senior deputy vice-chancellor Professor Alister Jones says that after years of planning, their new tertiary campus in central Tauranga is about to become a physical reality. Activity on the Durham Street site will commence towards the end of July and the campus will open in 2019.

“It is wonderful to have reached this stage,” says Professor Jones. “Hawkins has a wealth of experience when it comes to delivering complex projects to a high level of quality, and understands the importance of keeping things local, whilst having the support of national resources. They will bring an in-depth commitment to the project and to the Bay of Plenty region. I look forward to working with them, our project managers Greenstone Group and architects Jasmax, to bring the campus to fruition.”

The Tauranga CBD tertiary campus is a significant and exciting investment for the university that will enhance education and research in the Bay of Plenty, says Professor Jones, and delivering the campus has only been possible thanks to the input from tertiary partners Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, the university’s funders and the community as a whole.

“It is an integral part of creating a tertiary precinct in the heart of Tauranga city through strong connections to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology’s Bongard Centre and the proposed student accommodation complex. We are proud to lead this development on behalf of the tertiary education partnership.”

Supporting regional growth

Dr Leon Fourie, Toi Ohomai chief executive, sees the new CBD tertiary campus as a key way the tertiary partnership can support the region. “By collaborating with our tertiary partners, we’re able to support regional growth through offering a package of programmes that are complementary to one another and respond to regional needs. This allows for seamless progression between institutions, levels of studies and qualifications. I’m delighted that we can be part of this journey,” says Dr Fourie.

Hawkins Construction central regional manager Peter McCawe says their team are extremely pleased to be delivering the project. “Hawkins is in the business of helping to shape landscapes and communities throughout New Zealand,” he says.

The Tauranga campus has been made possible through $30 million of community funding from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, and will sit on land donated by Tauranga City Council.


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