|Hilgendorf building deconstruction update and other plans|
Preparations for the deconstruction of the Hilgendorf Building continue as at 10 April. The required ‘building consent’ for the demolition of the building has been received by the University, along with the required consents from ECan which relate to the transportation and disposal of material. A ‘soft strip’ commenced in mid-April, beginning with the lecture theatres. This entails removal of such items as the interior fixtures and fittings, ceilings and wall linings. This is the last process before demolition work commences.
The high voltage electrical cable running along Farm Road, up the eastern boundary and around to Ellesmere Junction Road, is now installed. Planning is underway to make this cable live and appropriate notices will be issued. The extensive trenching conspicuous north of the Burns Building is to accommodate new steam pipe work, data cabling and low voltage electrical cables needed to keep Burns operational. All this work amounts to the early stages of preparation for the start of an exciting new chapter in on-going developments for both the campus and the region. Included is the construction of new teaching and research facilities as part of a campus master plan. The finer detail of the campus work is yet to be finalised, however along with state-of-the-art academic facilities, one of the first projects will be a major student centre incorporating a range of student services.
“The announcement by the Government last year for a $107.5 million in-principle commitment to Lincoln University’s future development was the green light we needed to push on with these developments,” says the University’s Corporate Services Group Manager, Murray Dickson. The campus developments will be tied to the strategic needs of the upcoming Lincoln Hub. The Hub is a major development project designed as a strategic collaboration between industry, research and education. Partners with Lincoln University include DairyNZ, and Crown Research Institutes: AgResearch, Landcare Research, and Plant & Food Research.
The media release can be found under the News and Events section of the Lincoln University website.