Viewport width =
March 3, 2014 | by  | in News | [ssba]

Brand-New Bio Building Being Built

The University has made plans to spend up to $100 million on a new School of Biological Sciences at the Kelburn campus.

The building plans must first go through a financial-feasibility study to gain approval from the University Council, as well as resource consent, before any decision is made to proceed.

If resource consent is granted, the proposed new building will be built in front of the Alan MacDiarmid Building at the top of Kelburn Parade. It would have four storeys and 12,000 square metres of space.

The University has said that the upgrade is necessary as student numbers in the school are growing and the current facilities are insufficient.

Director of Campus Services, Jenny Bentley, said that biological sciences are “a key strategic research and teaching area for Victoria.”

“While the School of Biological Sciences is the national research leader in its discipline, the existing biological-science facilities in the Kirk Building are inadequate and not fit for purpose,” she said.

The Kirk Building has failed to meet the University’s seismic rating or health and safety standards, and is considered by the University to be “a deterrent to staff recruitment and student retention.”

If the project does proceed, construction is likely to start in late 2014, with an expectation of completion early in 2018.

[ssba]

About the Author ()

Comments are closed.

Recent posts

  1. VUW Halls Hiking Fees By 50–80% Next Year
  2. The Stats on Gender Disparities at VUW
  3. Issue 25 – Legacy
  4. Canta Wins Bid for Editorial Independence
  5. RA Speaks Out About Victoria University Hall Death
  6. VUW Hall Death: What We Know So Far
  7. FANTA WITH NO ICE
  8. New Normal
  9. Come In, The Door’s Open.
  10. Love in the Time of Face Tattoos

Editor's Pick

Uncomfortable places: skin.

:   Where are you from?  My list was always ready: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, puppy dogs’ tails, a little Spanish, maybe German, and—almost as an afterthought—half Samoan. An unwanted fraction.   But you don’t seem like a Samoan. I thought you were [inser

Do you know how to read? Sign up to our Newsletter!

* indicates required