University of Auckland’s Newmarket campus gets green-light

22 April 2013

The University of Auckland’s plans to acquire the 5.2ha former Lion Breweries site have been given the go-ahead, paving the way for a new campus in Newmarket.

The landmark decision by The University of Auckland Council, effective 31 May 2013, follows a comprehensive due diligence process. The purchase marks the beginning of a long-term development of the site, spanning a 30 year timeframe, to create a mixed use campus, with purpose-built teaching and research facilities, student accommodation, business development and other facilities.

“Without a doubt, this is an exciting and significant development for the University, the Newmarket community and Auckland City,” says Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon. “Our researchers already actively collaborate with industry and the location of the new campus will further enhance our business relationships and benefit the local community.

“The Newmarket Campus will join the City and Grafton campuses to create an integrated campus cluster, supporting long term growth enabling the University to deliver to Auckland and New Zealand the full benefits of a multi-disciplinary, world-ranked research university.”

There is already a comprehensive public transport network of bus and rail routes servicing the area, which will greatly facilitate rapid movement between the three campuses.

Work will begin on demolishing many of the old brewery facilities when the University takes possession of the site in June. The first projects to be undertaken on the Newmarket site will be the total refurbishment of some existing buildings to provide for greatly enhanced engineering research space, and the construction of a new civil structures hall, including a nine metre strong wall (one of the largest in Australasia).

Further developments on the Newmarket campus will be staged as demands for new facilities arise and will be delivered in the context of a framework plan already developed for the site by Jasmax and Architectus Architects; this will ensure the University creates a coherent and pleasant campus environment for its staff, students and visitors.

Professor McCutcheon says “Over time we anticipate relocating activities from the Tamaki and Epsom campuses to the City/Grafton/Newmarket location. The timeframe over which this relocation occurs is yet to be determined, but ultimately this is expected to result in a significant reduction in our total landholdings.”