The Unitec Campus evolved as a disparate collection of poorly or loosely related freestanding buildings. In 1998, we were asked to design a Master Plan to provide effective linkages and replace temporary buildings. The master plan evolved a strategy to replace prefabs, connect essential existing campus functions within a very cost competitive and flexible structure. The eventual design included an optimised structural grid (generated around the desired teaching space module), this was very regular and ‘development like’ to achieve excellent cost efficiency. The last stage was completed in 2003, which formed the open and sunny main quadrangle and includes an extension of the internal street which ‘leaps’ across this open space with a dramatic steel covered colonnade. Teaching and office spaces are designed to be flexible and adaptive to accommodate and respond to the future demands on the buildings. The flexible grid allows late and easy changes of use. This addition provides general purpose teaching spaces, PC laboratories, office and lecture theatre within the original master plan.

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