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Neil Waters building expansion under way

An artist's impression of what the Sir Neil Waters building will look like upon completion

Construction to extend the Sir Neil Waters Building at Massey University’s Auckland campus begins this week, marking an important milestone in the campus expansion plans.

The extension, along with the construction of a 9800 square metre Innovation Complex are part of a $120 million development plan to meet the growth in student numbers.

Assistant Vice-Chancellor Operations, International and University Registrar Stuart Morriss says it a significant step. “The University has seen steady growth in student numbers at the campus since it opened in 1993 and we expect this to continue,” he says.

“We have been working for several years on development plans to ensure we can accommodate future growth, and we are excited to see these plans coming to fruition with construction commencing.”

Construction firm L.T. McGuiness Limited is currently undertaking the works to extend the footprint of the Sir Neil Waters Building from its current floor size of 2484m2 gross to 4373m2 gross. The additional space will provide five additional teaching spaces on the first floor and workspace to accommodate around 110 staff and postgraduate students on the second floor.

The works are expected to be completed by the end of next year. Construction of the Innovation Complex will start next year and take about three years.

Mr Morriss says the projects represent the biggest development since the campus was established. “Our aim is to create a world-leading campus for 21st century education.”

The Sir Neil Waters building was named after the University’s second Vice-Chancellor (1983-95) who oversaw the establishment of the campus.

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