Otago University unveils plans for 450-bed residential college

WCN Editorial Team 24 Oct 2019 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

The University of Otago has unveiled plans for the construction of a 450-bed residential college to meet a forecast increase in student enrolments.

The new residential college, named after former student Te Rangi Hiroa, will be built on university-owned land on the corner of Albany and Forth streets and is scheduled to be operational by 2023.

The college will consist of seven levels spread over four wings and will include 125 en-suite rooms, professional college staff accommodation, reception and offices, dining hall and kitchen, as well as multi-functional communal spaces.

The project will increase the number of residential beds in the university by 325, which will help Otago to meet the projected growth in first-year enrolments.

The total cost of the project is expected to be $90m.

University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said: “It is important that we respect the taonga gifted to the University by creating a facility that can proudly bear the name of Te Rangi Hiroa.

“The existing Te Rangi Hiroa is a popular residential college and we can continue to honour this gift in the new college.”

Similar to other colleges owned and operated by the University of Otago, the new residential college will have staff living on site, supported by residential assistants, administration and reception staff, dedicated kitchen and dining room staff, academic tutors and evening security.

University of Otago Chancellor Royden Somerville said: “We offer a unique student experience at Otago and for many of our first-years an integral part of that is staying in a residential college.

“Our students have high expectations so our intention is to continue to provide them and our staff with the best possible facilities. This new college will continue that tradition.”

As part of the university’s $26m Music, Theatre and Performing Arts & College of Education project, new recording studios are being built in Union St East, which are expected to be operational in February 2020.


Image: Rendering of the Te Rangi Hiroa residential college in New Zealand. Photo: courtesy of University of Otago.

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