New events centre planned for UC
20 October 2011
The University of Canterbury and the University of Canterbury Students' Association are progressing with plans to construct a temporary events centre in the UCSA car park on UC's Ilam campus.
The University of Canterbury and the University of Canterbury Students’ Association are progressing with plans to construct a temporary events centre in the UCSA car park on UC’s Ilam campus.
The centre, which has received building consent, is expected to be open in April 2012 (term two) and is seen as adding a critical piece of social infrastructure necessary to attract and retain students.
“The events centre will provide a wonderful social space for students and the University community in the coming years,” said University of Canterbury Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr.
“The University and UCSA have worked closely and constructively with the Ilam School Board of Trustees on the proposed events centre and have listened to the concerns of a group of parents of children et the school who have raised issues relating to the location of the centre and have reached an agreement that the University believes is sensitive and responsive to the needs of the Ilam School community. This has led to an improved overall situation for the school compared to existing permitted use of the UCSA building and surrounds.”
Agreement has been reached that will limit noise during weekdays in term time to levels below that which were previously experienced. The hours during which alcohol can be sold during weekdays in term time have also been restricted beyond the limits allowed under existing licensing conditions.
The University has also agreed, at its expense, to erect a fence along the boundary of Ilam School’s grounds and the University’s grounds to create a sight barrier for the school.
In addition, hosting responsibilities for events held at the centre have been made more explicit and enhanced security responsiveness has been agreed.
“We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campus next year and to providing them with great teaching, research and social opportunities during their time with us. We are pleased to be working with the UCSA and our community to create new social spaces for our students and our community to enjoy,” Dr Carr said.
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