Hawkins Construction Selected By The University of Waikato For New Tauranga CBD Tertiary Campus Development

Hawkins Construction was appointed by the University of Waikato to build the new campus on the Durham Street site in central Tauranga. The construction will begin at the end of July and ready for use in 2019.

The new campus includes customisable teaching spaces, a lecture theatre with the capacity for 200 people, a multi-function space, computer clusters and common areas for both academic and social use. It is expected that 1,000 full-time students can benefit from the new construction.

The new Tauranga CBD tertiary campus can also boost the regional economic growth. “By collaborating with our tertiary partners, we’re able to support regional growth through offering a package of programs that are complementary to one another, and respond to regional needs,” said Dr. Leon Fourie, Toi Ohomai Chief Executive.

The project has been underway since May 2015 after the Heads of Agreement was signed. Professor Alister Jones, University of Waikato Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor added,”It is wonderful to have reached this stage. Hawkins brings an in-depth commitment to the project and to the Bay of Plenty region. I look forward to working with them, our project managers Greenstone Group and architects Jasmax, to bring the campus to fruition.” Professor Jones also mentioned that the input from tertiary partners Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, the funders Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and the community as a whole contributed to the success of the project

Peter McCawe, Central Regional Manager of Hawkins Construction, is delighted to be responsible for one of the major projects in Tauranga. He added, “Hawkins is in the business of helping to shape landscapes and communities throughout New Zealand.”