Go ahead for new research facility

by Kent Caddick

A new multi-million dollar research facility at Lincoln University has been given the green light.

The proposed $206 million facility for learning and research to be based at the university’s Lincoln campus had been developed jointly by Lincoln University and AgResearch.

The Government has agreed to provide Lincoln University with $85 million to support its construction, and has approved the project’s detailed business case.

Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Pollard said the Government’s investment in this facility is not only a major step forward in promoting new value in New Zealand’s primary sector economy, but represents a significant sign of confidence in the future of Lincoln University.

“This new facility offers students new ways of learning and employment opportunities for those interested in environmental and land-based sciences, and advances Lincoln University’s mission to be a major global leader in land-based learning and research,” he said.

AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson said the Lincoln facility is part of AgResearch’s programme of campus development across the country and will provide its largest South Island base.

“It is pleasing to see the university’s part of the funding equation now in place following funding approved for AgResearch’s part in the joint facility last year. 

“There is now real momentum for the partnership with Lincoln University as joint owners of the new facility and for DairyNZ as a tenant.

“The design plans we’ve come up with so far confirm to me that we are going to have a world class facility starting construction later this year.

“Not only does this joint facility signal a new era for us in working together to produce better science and education, it demonstrates a commitment to delivering to a new standard for the land-based industries that are so crucial to New Zealand’s economy and quality of life ,” Dr Richardson said.

The Lincoln University AgResearch Joint Facility is scheduled for practical completion by 2019. 

Early works will start in the coming weeks on the site.