These buildings are of 1960’s design, constructed in in-situ concrete column, beam and ifloor with precast concrete façade envelope. The refurbishment is driven by the need to upgrade the buildings to more efficient electrical and mechanical systems. Minor internal layout changes will be completed prior to the installation of new ceilings, wall linings and floor coverings. New kitchenettes will also be installed to collaborative shared spaces for teaching faculties. Externally, works will be limited to new window joinery to all elevations.
Brosnan has previously completed an upgrade to the toilet blocks of the Locke and Logie buildings and we identified the need to manage the student pedestrian movements to the external carriageways. Further, the need was identified to maintain access to the existing ablutions facilities and the lift well lobby, a view supported by the University.
The delivery of this project requires two stages. Stage 1 will focus on completion of the Logie building with a short period for decant and building re-occupancy prior to works commencing on Stage 2—the Locke building.
This staged approach will allow the different trade tasks to be separated into three teams: Disconnections/demo and wall framing; followed by first fix, drywall and stopping; and finally, second fix and finishing trades.
An initiative in this project was to provide material and worker distribution by way of a goods lift to the linkway between the two buildings. This location will enable the lift to be utilised during both stages of delivery. The planned location also mitigates any significant impact on pedestrian movements of students.
Working within the University environment comes with many challenges in minimising disruption to existing departments, maintaining pedestrian accessways and ensuring trade behaviours are in line with University protocols. Further, our site is adjacent to the main disabled car parking spaces for campus which are to remain accessible at all times irrespective of an anticipated heavy delivery schedule.
University of Canterbury Locke & Logie Buildings
University of Canterbury