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A new $80 million campus in the heart of Wellington will host more than 1000 fulltime students on arts and creative technology courses.

Work on the joint venture between Whitireia and WelTec polytechnics is expected to begin next year at the old Deka building site on the corner of Cuba and Dixon streets, with the aim of opening in 2018.

The centre would bring together programmes such as the New Zealand Film and Television School, the Whitireia Performing Arts Centre, the New Zealand Radio Training School and programmes including journalism, creative writing, digital media production and animation, Maori arts, event management and photography.

The goal of having more than 1000 fulltime students is based on a "conservative" 15 per cent growth in arts and technologies students over five years among domestic students, and an additional 50 international placements.

Willis Bond & Co is developing the site, at a cost of $60m, while the polytechs would fit out the building for $20m.

The site would be leased to the polytechs, and several shops on the Cuba St side would also be available for tenants.

Willis Bond & Co managing director Mark McGuinness said the project was the first large-scale tertiary education development the company had taken on.

The site would be completely redeveloped and, in time, the Farmers building next door, which the company also owns, would get a makeover.

"The important thing is we want to maintain that Cuba St feeling."

The building would consist of six floors, with the design incorporating the existing Deka facade.

The floor area would be about 9000 square metres and would include a dance studio and performance space for theatre and stage, a 250-seat theatre, control-mixing rooms for radio, salons, darkrooms and workshops.

Whitireia chief executive Don Campbell said part of the finer detail of the centre could include a bar being built at the theatre to allow hospitality students to get hands-on experience.

A lot of research had been done overseas looking at similar models, including a centre in Liverpool of which Sir Paul McCartney was patron.

"It was reassuring to see something like what we're trying to achieve operating overseas and working well."

Both Campbell and WelTec chief executive Linda Sissons expected student enrolments to increase significantly when the centre opened, particularly from the international market.

The design of the building allowed for an accessway between Cuba and Victoria streets that would mean the public could watch students at work.

"Watching someone make an art installation would be just as exciting as going along and watching the theatre," Sissons said.

Arts and Culture Minister Chris Finlayson and Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown both welcomed the project and the benefits it would offer students in the capital.

"It'll be great to see this heritage building - a cornerstone of the Cuba precinct - become a state-of-the-art facility," Wade-Brown said.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/commercial-property/10142093/80m-plan-for-Cuba-campus
 

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Just for fun... as I pointed out in the comments thread on the original article, it's the exact same site that Terry Serepisos planned for the 'explosion in a bling factory'. And just to prove how long I've been on SSC, here's the original Roger Walker render.
 

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Looks like spades in the ground Mid 2015,



http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/64261648/Work-to-start-soon-on-campus

The first foundations will be laid at the new $80 million arts and creative technologies campus in the heart of Wellington next year.

The joint venture between Whitireia and WelTec polytechnics would host more than 1000 fulltime students from programmes such as the New Zealand Film and Television School, the Whitireia Performing Arts Centre, the New Zealand Radio Training School and courses including journalism, event management and photography.

Whitireia deputy chief executive of operations Chris Gosling said CGM+Foster Architects had been awarded the contract to do the fit-out of the interior, including a dance studio and performance space for theatre and stage, a 250-seat theatre, control-mixing rooms for radio, salons, darkrooms and workshops.

"We're still working within the original budget and there's no cause for alarm at this stage."

Gosling said resource consent was in the process of being approved and much of the physical design, being done by Willis Bond & Co, was moving ahead.

Whitireia and WelTec were also working with Wellington City Council on how the rest of the space around the building site, on the corner of Cuba and Dixon streets, could be developed.

"We're keen to play a big part in the overall development of the whole area," Gosling said.

With work set to start mid-next year, it would be a two-and-a-half-year build at the old Deka site with students attending the campus for the first time in 2018.

"We're basically starting with a blank piece of paper in terms of what we're doing with the fit-out inside and we're looking to get lots of input about that."

Students would have a role in how things looked and it was hoped they would work on projects using 3D images of the building.

Australian sites doing similar things would also be visited for ideas in the New Year.

"We've identified a couple of places in Australia that we can learn from and potentially also learn what not to do," Gosling said.

"Everyone is really pleased we're over the final hurdle in terms of this actually happening."
 

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As of 24 Oct 2015:

 

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BTW can the status of this be changed to 'Under construction'?
 

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Possibly a new name too, although it is a mouthful: Joint Centre of Excellence for the Performing Arts and Creative Industries





In 2012, Willis Bond acquired the former Deka site on the corner of Cuba and Dixon Streets. In 2014, the neighbouring building (which houses the Farmers department store) and 104 – 106 Cuba Street (home to Rex Royale, Cosmic Comics and the Matterhorn) were also purchased. The combined sites (with a footprint of almost 10,000m2) represent the largest and most exciting redevelopment opportunity in central Wellington.

As part of the first stage for our exciting plans for this site, we are pleased to announce our latest Wellington project, in conjunction with the Whitireia WelTec Strategic Partnership, for their new Joint Centre of Excellence for the Performing Arts and Creative Industries.

The project will deliver a brand new 6 storey building, housing 1,000sqm of ground floor retail space, and the 9,000sqm campus focused on creative and performing arts. The heritage façade will be strengthened and retained and the building’s structure will be designed to 130% of the New Building Standard under the NZ Building Code.

Construction is underway now. The retail spaces will be available from mid-2016. The new campus will open in time for the 2018 academic year.

This project represents the first part of a complete overhaul of this prominent site, and will be a vital cornerstone for the remainder of the redevelopment. Design for the next stage of the project is underway.

Source: Willis Bond
 

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Any idea how many people will be using the campus? :)
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The joint venture between Whitireia and WelTec polytechnics would host more than 1000 fulltime students from programmes such as the New Zealand Film and Television School, the Whitireia Performing Arts Centre, the New Zealand Radio Training School and courses including journalism, event management and photography.
 

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Just reposting from another thread. Cheers Havana!


Barkers Menswear will open a new flagship store in the 184sqm space on the Cuba/Dixon St corner.

The site has a long retail history and has been associated with some of Wellington's most prominent retailing names since 1875 when it was home to James Smith's original drapery business.

The site has changed hands and shape several times — to the estate of Robert Hannah (Hannah's shoes) in 1927 when it became a forerunner to the modern mall.

In 1951 it was sold to Woolworths, then in 1979 to LD Nathans who had both a supermarket and general merchandising arm. The merchandising side of the business was later renamed DEKA.

Contractors LT McGuinness have preserved the two-storey heritage facade. It will be replaced in its original form, structurally strengthened, as a feature of the new 130 per cent national building standards (NBS) six-storey building.

Willis Bond & Co managing director Mark McGuinness said Cuba Quarter was an an "immensely popular"shopping and entertainment destination and there continued to be strong interest in the site with a number of national and international brands making enquiries about the four remaining units.

"This site has had a proud place in Wellington's inner city retailing history and it is set to once more play an integral role in adding to the energy, colour and vibrancy of the Cuba Street Precinct."


continued here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/ind...s-menswear-for-wellington-cuba-st-development
 
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