In December 2017, the University Council endorsed the University of Waikato Hillcrest Campus Strategic Master Plan 2017-2037. The plan is to ensure development of our Hamilton campus over the next 20 years matches the future needs of students, staff and the communities in which we are based.
There’s a lot to consider, including access and accommodation, co-ordinated outdoor spaces and shelters, health, recreation and retail. We also need to ensure we have the flexibility to keep pace with ever-changing technology.
There is a move away from traditional, tiered lecture theatres with learning spaces now likely to be more adaptable for multiple use, both general and specialist, and that is something we will be considering as we build new or redesign existing buildings. We will also strive to ensure buildings are as “green” as possible, making best use of light, and resources that are environmentally sound, or sustainable and, where possible, make use of renewable energy.
There’s also a lot to pay for, which is why the University developed a list of project priorities to enable the delivery of the Strategic Master Plan over the next five years.
We will be working closely with University stakeholders and our communities as we plan for the future.