The University of Waikato has directed that the new campus will deliver a world class modern and high tech tertiary education building in the Tauranga CBD in an environment with flexible and innovative space for teaching and learning, and will involve collaborations with industry, business, and the Bay of Plenty community.
The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership (TEP), which consists of the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Waiariki Institute of Technology and the University, has appointed Property Advisory and Project Management consultancy Greenstone Group. As project manager Greenstone Group have been engaged to progress the development of stage one of the highly anticipated new tertiary campus project in Durham Street, Tauranga, which will provide capacity for 1,000 Equivalent Full Time Students. 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 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, 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.
”We will continue to grow,” Prof Jones said ”But you’ve got to have an infrastructure to do that, so this is the first step.” – Stuff – Waikato Times News.
The new campus in Durham St is expected to open to students in 2020. It will focus on programmes that relate to areas of regional activity, including marine, ICT and logistics. Further courses will be developed over time to support areas of economic and industry need in the Bay of Plenty.