Project updates

By 2019 the Bay of Plenty will have a new University-led CBD tertiary campus and students will have even greater study options in the region. We've got a number of milestones to be achieved along the way, which you can read about below. View our News and Events page for related information on the project.

Milestone DateCompleted
Heads of Agreement signed May 2015 Milestone completed 
Project Manager appointed August 2015 Milestone completed 
Development contract signed September 2015 Milestone completed 
Architect appointed December 2015 Milestone completed 
Design concept approved October 2016  
Construction starts July 2017 
Campus opens February 2020  

Key milestones in the development of the central city campus

June 2017 - Construction of campus

Hawkins Construction has been awarded the contract to construct the University’s Tauranga CBD Campus, a key milestone for the project. Activity on the Durham Street site will begin towards the end of July. The campus is scheduled to open in 2019.

March 2017 - Blessing given as Tauranga site work begins

The new Tauranga CBD campus development has reached a significant milestone. A dawn karakia was held on Friday 10 March to mark the beginning of site preparation for the Durham Street campus. The ceremony was led by the elders of Ngāi Tamarāwaho to acknowledge those who will be working on the site to prepare it for construction. Construction work is expected to commence mid-year and will be marked by an event with regional funders (Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust) and other key stakeholders.

April 2016 - Appointment of Academic Director

The University of Waikato has appointed Associate Professor Ken Perszyk to the position of Academic Director – Tauranga CBD Campus Development. He takes up the position in July. The position reports to Professor Alister Jones, the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Ken will be responsible for leading the activity required to open a fully operational campus in Tauranga with staff, students, teaching and research activity.

The University has appointed an internal Project Manager and a Project Coordinator who will support the Academic Director with the University activity required over the next four years to establish the campus.  In addition they will provide a link with the services of the project management company overseeing the design/construct project.

December 2015 - Design Services

An architectural firm has now been selected to design the Tauranga CBD campus that the University of Waikato is developing for the region.

Jasmax is one of New Zealand’s largest and longest-established architectural and design practices.

Jasmax has significant experience in designing tertiary education buildings and master-planning campuses, including delivering the multi-award winning AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building and the redeveloped Grafton Campus for the University of Auckland.

August 2015 - Project Management Services – design/build

The University issued a Request For Proposals on 6 July 2015 for project management services for the project to design and construct the new Tauranga CBD Campus.  Nine proposals were received and following an evaluation process assessing quality and price, three were short listed for interview.

From that process the University has contracted the Greenstone Group for these services.  The Greenstone Group is a specialist project management company with offices in Tauranga and Hamilton, and significant experience with tertiary education construction projects.  The Greenstone team will be led by the Regional Director Robert Dol with Darryl Fox as Senior Project Manager.  Darryl runs Greenstone's Bay of Plenty Office and is currently Project Director on the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic project.

August 2015 - Input from the partners and the community

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership has provided expertise to the procurement process for the project management company, and the Tertiary Executive will nominate key staff from the tertiary institutions to the work-streams as they are established.  The Executive will also develop principles around the use of the new facility by Partnership institutions at the beginning of the design process, to guide the development of both the design of the building and the academic delivery components of the project.

Regional stakeholder input will be key throughout the project and mechanisms for gathering this will be established in consultation with the Project Manager and the Academic Director.

August 2015 - Update from the University of Waikato Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor:

Since the signing of the Heads of Agreement 29 May 2015, the University of Waikato has been focused on putting in place the project management structures and resourcing required to develop stage one of the University-led Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership Tauranga CBD Campus.  This includes initiating the recruitment of the following positions: - an Academic Director, project staff within the University, and a project manager for the design/construct project.

Following these appointments the next steps include formalising the project governance and steering groups, appointing the architect, establishing the master programme, setting up mechanisms for regional input, and reviewing the work-streams that are required to deliver a fully operational campus no later than the start of the 2020 academic year.