Frequently asked questions

Q. Why has the University acquired the Newmarket campus?

Being able to co-locate or closely locate the University’s departments, faculties, research and teaching facilities, is recognised as the best option to achieve the full benefits of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research university. The acquisition of the Newmarket site provides a unique opportunity to consolidate our land holdings in relatively close proximity across the City, Grafton and Newmarket sites. The acquisition enables the re-location of activities currently sited at Tāmaki over time, and provides sufficient additional land area for future expansion and development.

In summary the benefits include:

  • Proximity to City and Grafton campuses, creating a logical extension of the current central city footprint and the opportunity to integrate our activities
  • The enabling, through consolidation, of:
    • enhanced multi-disciplinary research and teaching
    • a more cohesive University culture
    • greater operational efficiencies
  • Public transport links with the City and Grafton campuses
  • High density plan provisions allow for at least a further 30 years of growth
  • Well suited to mixed use (academic, technology transfer, accommodation)
  • Attractive location for students and staff (existing local retail precinct, transport hub, cafes, movies etc).

Q. Why not further develop the Tāmaki Innovation Campus?

The distance of the Tāmaki campus from the City and Grafton campuses presents challenges for students and staff, such as travel time between campuses and splitting of faculties across multiple campuses. Further development of the Tāmaki campus would mean that in 10-15 years when capacity is reached at City/Grafton, the University would need to further split faculties to accommodate this growth. Either whole faculties or parts of most faculties would need to be moved to Tāmaki. Both of these options would limit the University’s ability to achieve the full benefits of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research university. It is important to note that this is an observation not about what has been achieved at Tāmaki, but rather about its location.

Q: What happens next?

The University took possession of the Newmarket site during 2013 and completed demolition and removal of many of the old brewery facilities. The first projects being undertaken on the Newmarket site are the total refurbishment of some existing buildings to provide for greatly enhanced engineering research space and the construction of a new civil structures hall.

Over time we anticipate rationalising activities across the Tāmaki and Epsom Campuses and the City/Grafton/Newmarket Campuses. The timeframe over which this occurs and future use of those campuses is yet to be determined. These decisions will be made in a time and manner that ensures the best long term outcomes for the University.

Q. How can the University afford to acquire the Newmarket campus?

Acquisition of the Newmarket campus is a significant investment, but one that is considered important to secure the University’s ability to manage its future growth requirements and support strategic planning goals.

Over time, the University plans to finance its long term capital development programme by consolidating its land holdings to an integrated core of campuses, thereby releasing capital and decreasing operating costs. The acquisition of the Newmarket Campus and eventual divestment of Tāmaki in fact represents a significant reduction in our land holdings; on top of the already announced 9.6 hectare reduction arising from the University’s decision to relocate the Faculty of Education from Epsom to the City Campus toward the end of this decade. Despite this reduction, favourable zoning and resourcing features of the Newmarket site mean that it provides greater potential for development intensification, better supporting the University’s growth strategy.

Q. When will the University begin to transition activities to the Newmarket Campus?

From August 2014, University staff and postgraduate students from a variety of engineering and science disciplines will begin to relocate from their current premises into the refurbished buildings at Newmarket. The relocation will be progressive, with staff transitioned across to Newmarket in several groups through until the end of the year.

There will be continued construction activity at the campus site through until early 2015. Relocation of staff and postgraduate students into the civil structures hall will also take place early next year.

Q. Who will be located at the Newmarket Campus?

On completion of this first stage of the campus development, engineering activity in the built environment, structures, earthquake research, fluids and transport, along with the wind tunnel and yacht research will reside at Newmarket. There will also be a hub of research activity around materials innovation comprising light metals, composites, plastics and polymers.