New Gateway Building

Victoria University of Wellington is expanding its Kelburn Campus with a new science teaching and research building.

The new Gateway Building (its temporary working name) will add 12,000m2 of science teaching, research and laboratory facilities to the Kelburn campus. It will be a long, low four story building—some of which will be below ground level. The building will encompass modern teaching and research environments that are designed for the digital age.

The science building is expected to be completed in mid 2017.

Artist's impression of the proposed Science Faculty building.

The new building will not only improve Victoria’s infrastructure but also support the University’s aspiration of becoming the pre-eminent institution at which to study biological sciences in New Zealand. The building’s cutting-edge design, including collaborative laboratory and learning and teaching environments, will enable the University to work towards achieving this goal.

The site for the Gateway Building (its temporary working name) takes in the current Gate 6 carpark (which has closed) and spans the area from Culliford Drive (the access road to Te Puni Village) to Kelburn Parade. Initially building activity will take place in two zones, one on the north side of Culliford Drive and one on the south. As the project progresses, the two halves will be joined to form a ‘gateway’ across Culliford Drive. When completed, the area will also include a vibrant new outdoor area.

View a diagram of the new Gateway Building and how it fits together with the other buildings at Kelburn Campus.

Work started in December 2014 (taking advantage of the University’s summer break). The project is due for completion in late 2017.

Culliford Drive

Culliford Drive currently turns off Kelburn Parade at Gate 7 and gives access to Te Puni Village—a student accommodation complex—and to a road servicing the Recreation Centre, the Rankine Brown Library and the Student Union Building. The University is required to keep access for motor vehicles and pedestrians open on Culliford Drive for the duration of the project.

Initially Culliford Drive will be temporarily realigned. In a later phase, Culliford Drive will be moved to a new permanent position, a little further north than its current location.

Car parking

The pay and display parking at Gate 6 is no longer available. There are now 125 new pay and display parks available at Waiteata Road. These parks will replace those lost through the Gate 6 carpark closure and provide additional parking options.

Student mobility parks have been relocated to other sites around the Kelburn Campus. The motorbike park has been relocated to the roof of the Von Zedlitz service tower, off Glasgow Street.

A number of other car parks, particularly along Culliford Drive, have been affected during the construction phase of the Gateway project although the impact has mainly been felt during the 2014/2015 summer break when there are fewer staff and students on campus.

Regardless of the Gateway project, car parking at the Kelburn Campus is always a challenge. We strongly encourage staff and students to use public transport.

Download the map of the Kelburn Campus to find Waiteata Road (at the bottom of the map), where the new pay and display parking is located.

Cranes on campus

Two cranes have been positioned on the Gateway Building site from February 2015 for around 17 months. One crane is located on the ‘north zone’—where the Gate 6 car park was located. The second crane is positioned in the ‘south zone’ between Kelburn Parade and Culliford Drive.

Pedestrian access

Pedestrian access to existing University buildings, to fire egress routes, and to Te Puni Village will not be obstructed during construction. Hoardings, covered walkways and fencing have been used to partition off pedestrian access along Kelburn Parade and Culliford Drive.