Construction of a multi-storey student accommodation complex just along Durham Street from the university site is expected to be completed in time for the opening of the campus in 2020.
Resource consent for the complex, to be located at 145 and 153 Durham Street, is currently being processed by Tauranga City Council. Once approved, construction is scheduled to start early 2018.
The 12,000sqm ultra-modern, sustainable complex will house 392 rooms, set around state-of-the-art communal areas boasting hi-tech fit-outs, live green walls and modern architectural design.
It will also include a café, retail centre, games room, 124-seat dining hall and commercial kitchen, with a 50-50 split in terms of catered and non-catered residents. A typical floor will consist of 36 rooms and a 100sqm common area.
The green light for the development comes as the city prepares for the imminent University of Waikato-led tertiary campus, expected to open in 2020, bringing with it an estimated 1500 full-time students.
“This is a modern and vibrant dedicated student accommodation facility, and will be the first and only one available in close proximity to the campus,“ says director of QP Property Holdings Limited, John McColl.
“This is a substantial investment in the city's CBD and will not only benefit the tertiary precinct by offering the best in student accommodation, but also the wider community, in helping strengthen this period of revitalisation currently underway in the CBD.
“On-campus student residences are a core component in the make-up of a tertiary campus, and will strengthen student life here. We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Waikato to make this safe, secure and modern facility a reality,” says John.
The University of Waikato-led campus will be shared with members of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership - Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and the University of Waikato.
The $88.8 million university development will roll out in two stages, with the first to be completed by 2020.
University of Waikato Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alister Jones, says such a student accommodation complex adds more appeal, and reassurance, to what is already a very attractive option for tertiary education.
“Accommodation is one of a parent's main worries when sending a child to university. They want to ensure their child is in a safe, secure and inviting environment. We believe this complex will tick all the required boxes and more,” says Alister.
“With this accommodation block set to offer the highest standard of student living in the country, we anticipate demand for rooms to be at a premium.”
• 392 bedrooms
• 100sqm communal area per floor, fitted out in a modern, hi-tech way
• Architecturally designed with a hi-tech, industrial feel that's sustainable and ultra-modern
• The first of its kind in Tauranga and in high demand already due to student numbers at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology and the University of Waikato.