CPIT plans new $30m central-city building

22:32, Oct 01 2014
CPIT engineering and architectural studies' building
BOLD: CPIT's planned engineering and architectural studies' building on Moorhouse Ave.

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) will open a new $30 million, three-storey building inspired by a Maori cloak on the central-city campus in 2016. 

After months of design work used to teach current students, CPIT and architect Jasmax have released the concept for an engineering and architectural studies building, a 6550-square-metre block bound for a Moorhouse Ave site.

The design began with the concept of a Maori cloak, both for sheltering the building and conferring mana, or respect, on the site as a significant place of learning.

CPIT chief executive Kay Giles said the new building, which will cater for up to 1000 students, aimed to celebrate innovative learning.

"We are training the architectural designers, engineers, interior designers and quantity surveyors who will contribute to the rebuild of Christchurch in the years to come and we want them to learn in a modern, sustainable and attractive environment with facilities that prepare them to excel in the workplace."

The new building will mark the southern gateway to CPIT's redeveloped campus, and construction will begin next year. 

It is the second new construction at the Madras St campus as part of the $120m masterplan works, following Athfield Architects' Whareora (Science and Wellbeing Facility), which will open early next year.

CPIT is refurbishing over the next eight years to create more modern learning environments that align with workplaces and students' learning needs.

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