Source: University of Otago
Concept art of the outside of the new Te Rangihīroa College.
The first element of structural steel for the new Te Rangihīroa College has been put in place.
Following months of groundworks, the structural steel provides the first visible signs above ground of the size and scale of the new college.
The 450-bed college will replace the existing 125-bed college of the same name which sits on land earmarked for the new Dunedin Hospital. It will include seven levels (a ground level, five accommodation levels and a plant room) spread over four wings.
The Te Rangihīroa (Sir Peter Buck) name will transfer from the existing college to the new in recognition of Te Rangihīroa who was the University’s first Māori graduate. The name was gifted by his family for use by the University when the existing college opened in 2014.
Concept art of the cafeteria.
The new college will incorporate cultural design elements developed with input from Te Rangihīroa’s Ngāti Mutunga iwi and local Ngāi Tahu throughout the design process.
It is also planned for the building to achieve a New Zealand Green Building Council 5-star Green Star rating (NZ Excellence), which involves meeting a number of energy efficiency, innovation and sustainability standards.
The college is being built on the site of the University’s former Albany St recording studio, which was demolished and replaced with recording studios in the $26 million Music, Theatre and Performing Arts building in Union St East.