The University of Otago officially opened its
''state-of-the-art'' $6 million childcare centre yesterday.
The opening of the Otago University Childcare Association
(OUCA) facility, ''Te Pa'', in Castle St, marked the
completion of a 10-month construction project.
Vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said she was delighted to
see the new facility open its doors.
''The opening of the new world-class facilities on our campus
now means that the infants and young children of our staff
and students will benefit not only from the best possible
care, but that care will take place in a truly inspiring new
The site of the new facility in Castle St previously
accommodated 11 buildings, which were largely demolished to
make way for the new centre.
The facades of original villas on the site were preserved in
an effort to retain parts of the historic streetscape.
Prof Hayne said this decision was largely made at the urging
of previous vice-chancellor Prof Sir David Skegg.
Director Kay Lloyd-Jones said the new ''state-of-the-art''
facility had extra capacity and improved amenities over the
The latest forecast was for the project to come in at $6.349
million, $95,000 over budget.
Property services director Barry MacKay said the project was
completed two weeks behind schedule.
Long-time servant of Otago University and university council
member Lorraine Isaacs was given the honour of unveiling a
plaque at the event.