Foundation work continues on new college

Southbase Construction project manager Chad Robinson (left) and site engineer George Bushell,...
Southbase Construction project manager Chad Robinson (left) and site engineer George Bushell, inspect the new concrete piles at the Te Rangihiroa Residential College construction site. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
The north Dunedin skyline is about to change again as construction workers put the finishing touches on the concrete foundations for the new $100million Te Rangihiroa Residential College.

Later this month, steel beams will start rising on the Albany and Forth Sts site.

University of Otago chief operating officer Stephen Willis said construction was on target and the college should open in April 2023.

"About 300cum of concrete has been poured into foundation beams in the past week.

"A further pour, of about 150cum will take place next week and structural steel will start going up on the site later this month."

The new 450-bed residential college will include seven levels, with 125 bedrooms with ensuites, a dining hall and kitchen, multi-functional communal spaces, offices, a reception area, and college staff accommodation, spread over four wings.

When complete, the 14,000sqm K-shaped structure will meet five-star Green Star sustainability criteria, which is believed to be a first for a residential college in New Zealand.

Mr Willis said the new college was the first purpose-built university-owned college in more than 50 years.

The building is named after Otago’s distinguished first Maori graduate, Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck).

 - Thishni De Silva

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