Once a gravel parking lot the vision for the new campus is to deliver a world class and modern tertiary education building in the Tauranga CBD. With flexible, innovative space for teaching and learning, and collaborations with industry, business and the Bay of Plenty community.
The University of Waikato wanted the new campus to be a real landmark building, with a distinctive form that is sympathetic to the context of its location. The facility should support innovation. It is expected the new campus will provide increased research and tertiary education focus on sectors where the region has a strong competitive advantage.
It was given the green light because, “The project was first put forward by the university at the start of 2012 in response to rising student numbers from the Bay of Plenty” – Stuff – Waikato Times News.
Greenstone Group came on board in August 2015. “Greenstone Group was chosen from a range of very highly qualified project management companies. Among the many tertiary projects, they’ve worked on is the current campus development with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and we are looking forward to working with them on this city development.” – The University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alister Jones
The Tauranga CBD campus will provide the missing link in the network of tertiary campuses in the Bay of Plenty. The Tauranga CBD campus will provide the missing link in the network of tertiary campuses in the Bay of Plenty, a world-class university-led facility providing purpose-built space for leading academics, researchers and teaching staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students, industry and community collaborations and commercialisation activities. It will deliver programmes and activities directly related to areas of economic development in the region, and enable a step change in improving social, educational and economic outcomes for the people of the Bay of Plenty.
The University of Waikato also wanted to ensure there was a strong Maori connection and that the building was an environmentally sustainable design.
All around the buildings are collaborative areas and customisable teaching spaces. Large glass windows on each of the two buildings’ levels reveal enticing views of the CBD, the harbour and Mauao, a different scene at every turn. Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout was excited to see the, “dream of a university campus here in Tauranga become a reality.”– SOURCE: Bay of Plenty Times, Zoe Hunter