Ground was broken today for a new $200 million facility in Canterbury that will help bolster agriculture research and teaching for Lincoln University and AgResearch.
Following the damage done to both institutions’ facilities in the Canterbury earthquakes, the new facility is a welcome addition to the Canterbury region.
The five-building facility will have a total floor area of 27,000 square metres – nearly three hectares. It will house around 700 staff from Lincoln University, AgResearch and Dairy NZ.
At today’s ground-breaking ceremony, Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith described the new facility as “a major milestone for agricultural science in New Zealand”.
“Our primary sector is world class and helps to drive our economy. We want to ensure that the science and skills underpinning the sector are also world class.
“Students want to study in the best facilities and learn from the best. The environment around them makes a big difference both to their experience of studying, and to choosing to go there in the first place,” Mr Goldsmith says.
Goldsmith hopes the facility will encourage increased collaboration between university and industry researchers.
The Government is contributing $85 million to Lincoln University for the project, with the rest coming from AgResearch and Lincoln themselves. The new buildings will be a key part of the Lincoln Hub – a specialist land-based innovation cluster in partnership with Lincoln University, AgResearch, Plant and Food Research, Landcare Research and DairyNZ.