Canterbury Engineering The Future (CETF), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Jackson Architecture engaged with Warren and Mahoney to deliver a major modernisation project, renewing and rebuilding all engineering facilities.
This project aims to modernise the existing College of Engineering buildings into an integrated and internationally recognised world class facility to undertake significant research, generate relevant ideas and knowledge as well as to drive industry innovation and productivity.
The College of Engineering includes the complete refurbishment of the four existing wings: Chemical & Process; Mechanical; Electrical & Computer; and Civil & Natural Resource Engineering. With significant internal demolition of existing buildings, the development creates open plan and flexible teaching spaces conducive to 21st Century learning and research trends.
A collection of technical spaces with associated support and administrative spaces include: seminar and lecture facilities; flexible and adaptable education and training facilities; teaching and environmental labs; break-out and bump spaces; open plan and hot-desk workstations, technical workshops, and storage provisions for technology and equipment.
This ambitious project aims to provide staff and students with a showcase facility of architectural significance that inspires, attracts and retains prospective students and leading professionals. The design supports the project aspirations to create stimulating environments which acknowledge the growing importance in remote (industry-based) teaching labs and to accommodate and integrate visual technologies. In addition, the design provides environments that collaboratively connect with the University’s CRI hub to facilitate research partnerships which are anticipated to create new intellectual property and contribute to the overall economic and community development of Christchurch.