Oxford Terrace research and teaching facility for University of Otago – consented with the assistance of Planz

Oxford Terrace – Research and Teaching Facility

Client | University of Otago
Project Personnel | Matt Bonis
Location and Completion Date | Christchurch city centre, opening 2025

Matt obtained resource consent for University of Otago’s new $178 million Christchurch building in March 2021. The stunning architecturally designed six-storey building will be a welcome addition to the City’s Health Precinct, and part of the University’s Christchurch Campus.
Located between Oxford Terrace and Tuam Street, the new building will have four floors of laboratories, clinical research and teaching facilities, an imaging suite, a base for postgraduate nursing studies, and will house the departments of psychological medicine and pathology and biomedical science, and create more than 500 jobs. The building will also be prominent feature along its important interface with Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.
Matt worked collaboratively with the Client, Architects and Project Management Team to provide compelling planning evidence and a robust assessment and accompanying technical reports for the submission of the project to Council, which despite considerable risks associated with the height, shading and design of the building was granted non-notified resource consent.

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