August, 2020University of Otagos applied for consent to build a $12 million retreat
for academics near Queenstowns Jacks Point, but is backing off a plan
to build it by the end of next year.
Calling it one of the most significant donations ever received by a New
Zealand university, it announced last December it would build the
retreat on a four-hectare lakefront site given to it by Remarkables
Station owners Dick and Jillian Jardine in 2016.
The Woolshed Bay complex, called Hakitekura, will be used by Otago
academics, staff and students, and also to host visiting boffins and
national and international organisations.
The unis just applied for resource consent, asking Queenstowns council
to call for public submissions on the proposal.
The application contains the first artists impressions of how the
finished complex will look.
The sites homestead, known as the Woolshed in which the Jardines
lived until 2016 will be converted into communal spaces like a lounge
and bar, library, a meeting room, and wellness and multi-faith rooms.
Itll also have a reception area, office, staff and storage areas.
Another residence on the site will be bowled to make way for a lecture
theatre, seminar and meeting rooms, and kitchen and dining facilities.
The theatre will be built with 60 seats, but have the capacity for a
second stage to allow expansion to 120 seats.
Therell also be a five-block accommodation complex with 16 self-
contained rooms, and a three-bedroom unit for staff.
Other structures include a solar panel farm.
The application says the facilitys likely to be made available for private
bookings, such as for visitor accommodation and weddings, to provide
for economic viability.
The uni said last year it expected the project to be completed by
December next year.
But the application walks back from that intention.
It says a start date for construction is currently unknown.
Expected to take 14 to 16 months, the timing of the build will be partly
influenced by when it can connect into water supply and reticulated
wastewater to the property, which dates back to 1861.
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