Canterbury University


$134 million

Contract Type

Construct only





Canterbury University Regional Science and Innovation Centre Stage 1

Building modern learning environments

Canterbury University has embarked upon an extensive and exciting campus transformation, with a range of major projects underway that will deliver some of the most modern teaching, learning and research facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 25,000m2 Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RSIC), is leading the way. Designed as interactive spaces to promote collaboration and to prepare students for modern open-plan working environments, the facility will provide a new home for the College of Science across two buildings. 

The first building will include specialist teaching and research laboratories for physics, chemistry, astronomy, geography, geology and biological sciences. A central atrium will be used for lectures, presentations and other events.

The centre is designed around best building practice to limit energy use, maximise natural light and ventilation and reuse existing materials wherever possible.

Unique Features

  • The scale and complexity of the build has required ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditation, with strict compliance on all procedures and processes.
  • ​The 2.5m deep raft slab contains over 7,000m3 of concrete (equivalent to over 1200 truckloads) – representing one of the biggest concrete pours in Christchurch. 
  • The installation and coordination of the complex services is extremely complex – the building contains over $50 million worth of services to power the high-tech teaching and research laboratories.
  • Set on a small footprint in the centre of an operational university, works must be carefully planned to minimise disruption to the 15,000 students and teaching staff. 

Project Partners

Name Jasmax

Role Architect

Name Aurecon

Role Client representative

Name Beca

Role Structural engineer