Fletchers to build Canterbury University's new science block

The proposed Regional Science and Innovation Centre at the University of Canterbury, to be built by Fletcher Construction.
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The proposed Regional Science and Innovation Centre at the University of Canterbury, to be built by Fletcher Construction.

Fletcher Construction has won a multimillion-dollar project at the University of Canterbury, adding to its rebuild construction wins.

The subsidiary of listed Fletcher Building will construct stage one of the Regional Science and Innovation Centre.

The two-stage centre is a $216 million project providing 25,000 square metres of accommodation for the College of Science.

It is one of Fletcher's biggest contruction wins in the Canterbury rebuild. The biggest appears to be building the $300m Justice and Emergency Precinct now under construction.

The university project is constructing the first larger building of the science and innovation centre. It will be 20,000sqm and is due to be completed by March 2017.

The building will house research laboratories, teaching and support facilities for five science departments and schools.

It has been designed to be earthquake resilient and is the first of two buildings planned for the university's science and innovation centre.

University of Canterbury vice-chancellor Rod Carr said the funding was coming from the university's resources and support of up to $260m from the government.

Fletcher Construction chief executive Graham Darlow said the company was delighted to be working on another landmark.

FLETCHER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN CANTERBURY

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- Stage one building of the University of Canterbury's Regional Science and innovation centre

- Grand Central retail and commercial development on the site of the former Grand Chancellor Hotel.

- Awatea housing development of 89 affordable homes in Wigram

- Part of the $3 billion rebuild of Christchurch roads, sewers, water and stormwater networks as one of five construction companies in the Stronger Christchurch Rebuilt Infrastructure TeamĀ 

- Management of Earthquake Commission's home repair programme.

 - The Press

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