AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building (WG Building)
Client: Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Location: Auckland CBD
Construction Start: November 2010
Construction Finish: November 2012
Duration: 2 Years
Project Partners: Fletcher Construction / Jasmax / Beca, Hargrave, AUT
AUT’s new specialist Technology Learning Precinct opened for Semester 1, 2013 and covers 2.9 hectares on its city campus. The Learning Precinct provides specialist and general teaching facilities over 20,000m2 of new space.
Incorporating a large podium and a twelve storey teaching facility, the Learning Precinct includes three new lecture theatres, specialist studios for screen studies (TV), live performance, motion capture, sound recording and an on-air radio station.
The project also included the pedestrianisation of Governor Fitzroy Place, which now provides a new public plaza and pedestrian gateway into the city campus.
Hargrave was engaged by AUT to manage the development of the Learning Precinct, working with the design and construction team of Jasmax, Beca and Fletcher Construction.
The project presented numerous challenges, including:
- Relocation of over 5,000m2 of teaching facilities to allow demolition of two existing buildings
- Working through the logistical and operational issues (especially noise) associated with the two year construction phase and the integration of the new building with three existing AUT buildings, including AUT’s library
- Implementation of a staged consent programme (13 consents) during the change-over to the new Auckland ‘super city’ structure.
- Negotiations with Auckland Council/Auckland Transport and associated stakeholders regarding the pedestrianisation of the lower half of Gov. Fitzroy Place.
- Complex stakeholder relations and change management due to the diverse number of user groups involved.
- Delivered on time and on budget
- Numerous innovations implemented
- Significant savings in cost and space requirements