AgResearch Construction Update
Construction of the new AgResearch facility in Lincoln, just outside of Ōtautahi Christchurch, is starting to take shape. Located on AgResearch land, the new facility is co-located with Lincoln University to encourage and enhance industry collaboration and partnership.
Designed to showcase the organisation’s research and innovation as well as attract future generations of scientists and students, the facility features a new workplace building and a laboratory building organised adjacent to one another.
Construction of the laboratory building is underway. Due to its specialised function, this building features a heavy mass concrete structural system with shear walls for lateral bracing and steel columns to take vertical loads.
Soon to start on-site will be the construction of the workplace building using a lightweight timber structure, which responds to the client’s brief to reduce the building’s carbon footprint and use of locally sourced materials. It has been designed to optimise efficiency and buildability and will be a showcase for innovative timber technology.
Construction of the facility is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.