Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre

At the centre of UC’s Science Precinct, the new Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC) will create a hub for Canterbury's science and innovation network in modern state-of-the-art facilities that encourage collaborative teaching, learning and research.

RRSIC Stage 1 – Ernest Rutherford

With a total project budget of $216 million for Stages 1 and 2, the new centre will provide accommodation for the College of Science, along with an unprecedented resource for the Canterbury region.

The first building, named for renowned UC Alumnus Ernest, Lord Rutherford, was officially opened by New Zealand's Prime Minister the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern on Thursday, 15 February 2018.

The building includes specialist teaching and research laboratories for physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, geography and biological sciences.

Cultural themes have been interwoven into the building ensuring that communal spaces promote interaction, and hospitable entrances can accommodate events and welcome in students, staff and visitors.

RRSIC stage 2 - Beatrice Tinsley

Stage 2 of the RRSIC project comprises demolition of the existing von Haast building and construction of a multi-storey timber-framed building, named Beatrice Tinsley, on the same site to accommodate College of Science staff and postgraduates. The new timber framed building is now under construction and will be occupied in 2019.

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