Second-year Knox residents Imogen Scott (20) and Jake Mills
(20) are both happy with the refurbishments carried out at
the college over the summer break. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
After expressing initial apprehension when the need for
earthquake strengthening at Knox College was announced last
year, students returning to the residential hall have been
impressed by the refurbishments done over the summer.
Students began returning to the hall last week, only a few
days after the completion of a $12.1 million
earthquake-strengthening and extension project, which started
Second-year Knox College resident and the hall's student
president Jake Mills (20) said he was ''blown away'' by what
the contractors and project managers, Arrow International,
''Everything has been redone.''
In particular he was impressed with the work done on the
junior common room and the installation of new showers. which
hit the spot after ''some of the messy Orientation events''.
The ''anxiety'' felt by some that the refurbishment would
result in some of the building's history being lost had been
''put to rest'', he said.
''Everyone was really comforted when they came in, just to
see that . . . the whole spirit of the place has stayed the
One of the things students were most worried about was the
loss of the old wardrobes, which had been signed by previous
occupants of each room.
''There was a big anxiety with some of the leaving students
that they would lose their name and therefore their place in
the history of Knox, but the builders went out of their way
to cut the backs out of all the wardrobes and put them into
the new ones.
''Little things like that have been really good,'' he said.
Fellow second-year resident Imogen Scott (20) said the new
Knox was the best of both worlds.
''All the history is there, but with a much more modern
The addition of extra rooms had been ''quite a lot to
handle'' at first, but was a positive overall ''because there
is going to be more people who can say they are Knoxies'',
Knox College master the Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman said the return
of students to the college had run ''smoothly''.
''It's been wonderful, actually, the co-operation between
Arrow International and the staff at Knox College . . . has
just been a real inspiration,'' he said.
Due to being supplied incorrect information, an Otago Daily
Times report on Saturday said Dr Yeoman was going to be
formally installed as Knox College master at a ceremony at
Knox Church on Wednesday, when in fact the ceremony is taking
place on Thursday.