New life for applied sciences building

Seismic strengthening work and heritage refurbishments continue on the consumer and applied sciences building at the University of Otago. Once this is completed, the university plans to begin a refurbishment fit-out project on the premises.

In a tender document obtained by the Otago Daily Times, the university proposed outfitting the building with a "generic office and teaching space" in order to accommodate a variety of different departments and functions over its future.

Work to seismically strengthen the three-storey building began in 2020 with plans to link it with the nearby Gregory Building.

This was originally part of a $44 million redevelopment of the Food Science precinct, but it was announced in August last year this had been put on hold due to affordability.

The new refurbishment fit-out would include the construction of two large seminar rooms, meeting rooms, open plan offices, a new lift and an external egress stair.

The university is seeking local contractors and indicated work could begin in August, with an estimated timeframe of eight months