Hillcrest Campus Masterplan

The University's 20-year strategic Masterplan for our Hamilton campus has been developed with Jasmax architects, and in consultation with staff, students, and community stakeholders. It is guided by 11 design principles.

In 2037, the University of Waikato will support a rewarding study-worklife balance, responsive to a diverse range of student needs. Staff and students will have greater choice over where, when and how they learn, research, socialise, play and work on campus.

In 2037, the campus design will exemplify the University of Waikato as a centre for learning, research and innovation. The Hillcrest campus will provide high-quality, resilient environments for the delivery of learning and research. The campus will be centred around a vibrant social heart (encompassing new facilities supporting wellness, recreation and entertainment) that is well connected to precincts dedicated to teaching and research, accommodation, sports and leisure.

Campus life will blend civic, social, cultural, community and academic experiences, supporting staff and students to achieve their full potential and contribute to the success of future generations, breathing life into the University mission – ‘Ko Te Tangata’.

Campus design principles

The Strategic Masterplan Design Principles provide a guide for future campus development opportunities. Relevant design principles are applied to ensure future projects are aligned to campus aspirations.

Campus presence

Campus development will express University of Waikato values and culture and will showcase University activity.

Campus heart

Campus development will provide well-connected Academic and Social Hearts addressing Hillcrest Road and overlooking the campus lakes.

Character precincts

Campus development will establish distinctive precincts that reflect character and identity, while enabling sharing of resources.

Connected campus

Campus development will be organised by legible, accessible connections that enable intuitive wayfinding and good sightlines.

Whenua Taurikura

Campus development will celebrate and enhance the natural landscape as a foundation of University of Waikato identity.

Living campus

Campus development will provide a rich mixed-use environment for accommodation, social, health, sports and recreational uses designed to welcome the community.

Cultural identities

Campus development will reflect the concepts of mana and manaakitanga to create an inclusive, welcoming environment.

Innovative learning environments

Campus development will provide flexible learning spaces and a variety of social learning environments to support different learning styles.

Collaborative campus

Campus development will support collaboration between individuals, departments, faculties, business and the wider community.

Built heritage

Campus development will express University of Waikato values and culture and will showcase University activity.

Campus infrastructure

Campus infrastructure will be developed for future resilience.

Strategic Masterplan Overview document

The 16-page overview document includes an expanded look into each of the design principles, and a series of maps showing the potential location of campus buildings and infrastructure in 2037.