The UCSA has a goal to maintain majority ownership and operation of the new building so we have a permanent base for our clubs, advocacy, student services and businesses. The land for this exciting build has been given by UC and 80% of the project funding has already been provided by the UCSA, UC and insurance settlements. The UCSA is now campaigning to raise the project shortfall of $5m so we can return the student body to its home across the river.
The New UCSA Building
A new state-of-the-art replacement building is planned for the same site and will allow students to have a base that is accessible, inviting, supportive and fun.
Our new home will include:
- a new Ngaio Marsh Theatre
- social, hospitality, meeting, club, office, business and event spaces including The Foundry and Bentley’s
- an outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the Avon River
- student welfare and advocacy spaces.
The meeting and event spaces will also be available for public and community use during University breaks.
What is the project timeline?
It is anticipated construction of the new building will begin in mid-2017 with the project being completed in time for orientation 2019.
Why wasn’t the old building repaired?
The old building was extensively damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and the cost and risk of repair was greater than demolition and a rebuild.
How much will it cost and how is it being funded?
The project is expected to cost around $28M. This cost is for a fit-for-purpose student building for the UCSA. UC has provided the land for the building. Despite insurance pay-outs and committed funds from UC and the UCSA, there is still a project shortfall of $5M, which the UCSA is actively fundraising for.
How big will the new building be?
The new building design is over two levels and will be approximately 4,000 square metres.
Will the new building have the same iconic spaces?
Yes. Old favourites including The Foundry, Bentley's and the Ngaio Marsh Theatre have all been included in the design for the new build. There will also be dedicated welfare and advocacy spaces and offices for the Māori and Postgraduate Students' Associations.
Who will own the building?
The UCSA has a goal to have a 51% ownership share of the building so it can maintain its independence and have a permanent base where it can provide the best student experience possible while continuing to operate its commercial ventures. This is why they are fundraising for the project shortfall.
Will there be food available in the new building?
The Foundry will have a food offering and the building will also be used for catered functions and conferences.
How many students will use the new facility each year?
Approximately 14,000 students will pass through the UCSA building each year.
Will there be areas for clubs and societies?
There will be dedicated spaces available for use by the more than 140 clubs and societies the UCSA supports.
Will the spaces be available for the community?
Yes. During University breaks the community will be able to book and utilise spaces within the building for events. The community will also be welcomed to performances at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre.
How can I be a part of the project?
There are a number of different ways to be a part of the project. Find out more here