Work begins on $206 million Lincoln University research facility
Construction of a $206 million research facility at Lincoln University has begun.
Lincoln and AgResearch, which are partners in the centre, marked the start of construction in an event at the university on Tuesday afternoon.
The facility will be the largest agricultural research centre in the southern hemisphere, hosting 900 Crown scientists.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith said the groundbreaking was a "major milestone for agricultural science in New Zealand". The Government has already committed $85m to the project.
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"Removing the barriers between university and industry researchers and introducing the best new facilities will be key for attracting the best staff and students for years to come," he said.
AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson hoped the centre would be a "huge drawcard for the smartest minds".
"There's been a lot of work done to get to this point of having a spade in the ground . . . I think there's a real sense of anticipation that we are going to have a facility that is something quite special."
Lincoln University chancellor Steve Smith said it was a historic day for the institution, whose future would be defined by the facility.
The centre will be the physical home of the Lincoln Hub, a collaborative project between the university and several Crown Research Institutes.