New UCSA building breaks ground

In late July, the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) held a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction for their much awaited building. Architectus won the design competition for this gateway building which forms part of the Wellness Precinct in the University of Canterbury’s (UC) Campus Master Plan.

The new UCSA building will provide a student centred ‘home away from home’ and is located on the idyllic banks of the Avon River where the building integrates with the landscape. The building and its surrounds will provide a place for students to meet, socialise and enjoy non-academic interests and activities on campus.

James Addington, UCSA President says “The building will be an integral part of the UC student experience. It will include student welfare and advocacy spaces, a new fit-for-purpose Ngaio Marsh Performance Theatre, social areas, club meeting and workrooms, hospitality and event spaces and an outdoor amphitheatre.”