16 Nov 2011
It's now just one year until the construction is complete on AUT’s new learning precinct.
The past 12 months
The multi-million dollar project has been progressing at a rapid rate over the past 12 months, from the demolition of two old study buildings in November 2010, to the laying of the new foundations, and the creation of a continuously escalating steel structure.
By November 2012, Fletcher Construction workers will have completed the build of a precinct large enough to contain the population of both Warkworth and Lyttelton combined.
With a total of 12 floors, together with a glass atrium, plaza, and green quad, the new precinct will provide the university with an additional 20,000 square metres of social and academic space.
A precinct, not a building
Contributing to its visionary design, David Mahon, project senior architect at Jasmax, says this precinct will be on a scale that is going to surprise a lot of people.
“When it comes to designing a precinct like this, we can’t just think about how the space will be used right now,” says Mahon. “We have to think bigger than that; we have to consider for the next 10 years.
“What AUT and Jasmax have come up with is a precinct – not a building. We have worked very closely together to shape the relationship of this precinct to the rest of the city campus.”
The centre of campus
Mahon says the final design will transform the way the AUT city campus is used, enabling students to study in places they want to be in.
“It will be the centre of the campus; a vibrant hub where students and staff can be both social and studious.”
Construction of the precinct will continue over the 2011-2012 summer break. With many students absent from campus between mid November until the end of February, some noisy work is expected to take place during this period.
The new precinct will officially open at the start of semester 1, 2013.
To learn more about this exciting new development, visit our
WG precinct web page.