Lincoln University Campus Redevelopment

The redevelopment includes a 3-year and 10-year plan, which cover earthquake strengthening, user-centered facilities and green spaces.

Date: 2018


Client:Lincoln University


Project Location: Christchurch


Services Provided: Programme and Project Management / Strategic Advice

TEAM provided Programme Management and Project Management to the Lincoln University Campus Redevelopment.

Plans for a major redevelopment of the campus were disrupted and delayed due to the Christchurch earthquakes but are now in full swing.

The redevelopment included a 3-year and 10-year plan, which covered:

  • redevelopment of core student facilities
  • refurbishment and refreshment of learning spaces, lecture theatres, recreational and informal learning spaces, and state of the art audio visual learning facilities
  • bar and recreational, student union, gigs, and club meeting spaces
  • renewal and refresh of student accommodation and halls of residence
  • renewal of historic and iconic campus building Ivey Memorial Hall and Ivey West
  • seismic strengthening across many buildings following earthquakes and new building codes

One of the biggest challenges was to plan and arrange major works and refurbishment of buildings without disruption to University life and its day to day operation. Finding a plan that worked for everyone required a clear communication and stakeholder management plan. Our strategic programme planning had to consider exams, study, recreational activities and external events. We liaised with student bodies, lecturers, wider campus users and organisers of external events to make sure their short term and long term needs were met.

Key considerations to all parts of the campus re-development included accessibility and safety. All parts of the development had to be safe and fully accessible to all users. CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) creates safe environments by providing open and well lit accesses, appropriate lighting, emergency call points and security cameras. We ensured that accessibility and CPTED requirements were incorporated into all project briefs.

Lessons to be shared

Lincoln University is a well established campus which has evolved over many years and has a number of historic buildings. It is inevitable in such an environment that unknown issues will be encountered, such as structural problems, asbestos, leaky building issues, or unknown services.

In planning the projects around the campus we undertook a great deal of investigative and preparatory works to identify such issues in advance. We engaged a number of advance works contracts to de-risk projects and ensure that the main works could be delivered within the available time constraints.