Site Tours

University of Auckland B201 Building

The 50-year-old former Social Sciences Building (B201) on Symonds Street has been refurbished in a sustainable, adaptive reuse project and was officially opened on 19September. The design was described as ‘world-leading’ by the New Zealand Green Building Council, which awarded the Green Star Design Review for the building. The refurbishment meant stripping the building back to its framing and where possible re-using as much of the material as possible diverting 70% from landfill. The design of this project focussed on acoustic performance, healthy, comfortable, and functional spaces for the many thousands of students and staff who will work, learn, research, and socialise within its walls.

University of Auckland Garden Walk

A sustainable oasis of nature at the heart of the University. At 41,500 square metres, the Conservation Area makes up the majority of what is referred to as Sector 100 – an area of the City Campus bordered by Waterloo Quadrant and Princes, Alfred and Symonds Streets. It has more than 400 trees, most of which are considered “mature” and greater than 10 metres in height – two of the more important variables in the world of carbon offsetting. Come in a journey with the University’s retired grounds and precinct manager Stanley Jones, as he narrates the history behind the green oasis in the midst of Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest city.

AUT City Campus

AUT’s City campus is nestled in the Auckland CBD on a 3.5 hectare site housing 20 university buildings.

Housing three of our four faculties, the city campus has a mix of older and newer buildings, purpose built and office buildings, and a range of refurbishments.

This tour will walk through the site, taking in a few of the more recent buildings on the campus, with a chance to view teaching spaces, open plan offices and some student spaces, as well as talking about the challenges of operating in a city environment.

Auckland University of Technology A1 Building

AUT’s timber A1 building represents the pivotal first step in the transformation of the university’s North Campus. The new four-storey learning facility provides a much-needed social and academic heart with a soaring atrium connecting to the existing AF building, which has been comprehensively refurbished as part of the overall development. With connectivity, sustainability, and wellbeing at the heart of design, A1 sets a benchmark for a sustainable future.

On this tour, architects Mary Henry and Barbara van Zyl will share the stand-out sustainable design strategies behind A1’s industry-leading energy consumption targets in Australasia. The use of timber, combined with the reuse of the AF building, play a vital role in cutting embodied carbon emissions by half, when compared to a new development.

A1 is designed to uplift student achievement by providing a connected campus hub that encompasses essential student services, with study and social spaces immediately adjacent to a wide range of learning spaces, café, library and academic staff. A1 is much more than just a place to attend classes; it is a learning ecosystem.

University of Auckland’s Newmarket Testing & Research Facility

Structures Testing Laboratory
This world class facility has a 9m high reaction wall in two directions, a 20 x 10 m strong floor, a 3.6 m square 15T capacity earthquake shake table, and integrated ancillary laboratories and workshops.

Water Engineering Laboratory
A hub for experimental, field and numerical initiatives to tackle our water resources problems. A world-leading academic research and consulting laboratory, hosting a range of sophisticated equipment that measures flow depths and velocities based on acoustic, ultrasonic, laser and imaging systems; as well as underwater topographies and forces on objects.

Technical Services Workshop
A modern facility in the University’s Newmarket Campus with a team of dedicated engineers to assist with every aspect of a student’s or research project. From the design process through to machining and fabricating parts of every level of complexity and sophistication. This 1900 sq.m floor space and 12 team members have facilitated successfully 700+ projects per year.

Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab
The Centre for Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Design Additive Manufacturing Lab is a modern research facility for product development and manufacturing technologies, and a place where you can easily turn your ideas into reality. The Lab is open to all University staff and students. The access philosophy for the Lab is one of open access with a welcoming attitude that encourages staff, students and industry partners to extensively use the facility to its maximum potential and explore new areas of use for the technologies.

University of Auckland New Recreation Centre

The new Recreation Centre has been designed as a high rise “stacked’ building providing modern recreation facilities  incorporating some sustainability features such as, electricity and water meters, low flow fixtures, rainwater harvesting, centralised and sensor control of heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting systems. It has 9 levels and a Gross Built Area (GBA) of approximately 21,600 m2. Facilities include two sports halls (including a 1,500 seat glass floor show court) one aquatic hall accommodating a 20x34m pool tank, 3m dive board, spa pool and sauna, three squash courts, studios for boxing, spin, group fitness, circuit training, cardio, weights, dance, mind and body along with indoor and outdoor running tracks, an office hub and retail facilities. The facility can accommodate bouldering, table tennis, futsal, tennis, netball, basketball, water polo, badminton, volleyball, handball and spaces for relaxation and general wellbeing.