$650m upgrade for Otago University

KELLY DENNETT
Last updated 17:14 05/07/2014

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Otago University's recognisable clock tower building is the subject of a variety of campus refurbishments in a construction overhaul worth $650m.

The initial plans were approved a year ago, but the university's council announced the final plan at a staff forum today. 

The 15-year renovation plan includes an upgrade of research and teaching facilities, introduction of a dental school and new arts, music, botany and biomedical research buildings. 

New student and academic service hubs will be built as well as a marine science teaching facility.

It will coincide with a number of health and safety measures including earthquake strengthening and access improvement.  

The university's historic Victorian clock tower from 1879 will also be refurbished. 

Vice chancellor professor Harlene Hayne said: "We want to improve what is already a first-class experience for students, for teachers and for researchers and we want the campus to be enjoyed by the communities in which we live." 

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