University of Canterbury Students Association Building


The University of Canterbury’s Students Association building was badly damaged in the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

RCP were engaged at the Developed Design stage to provide design, programming, risk, procurement and contract administration services, while also concurrently undertaking the demolition management and early works package. RCP were also responsible for developing the strategy and programme to deliver the design, early works, consenting, procurement and construction phase while on a live campus environment, along with the successful implementation of strict health and safety procedures and communication protocols.

The multi-purpose bespoke IL3 USCA facility accommodates a modern and adaptable space, comprising a 1000-person performance theatre, function centres, social and media rooms, club spaces, food and beverage offerings and UCSA offices. The surrounding building is landscaped and designed purposely with outdoor facilities to accommodate events & functions including external kitchen, staging area & amphitheatres.

The building will not only be an asset to attract students to the University, but will also play a pivotal role in rebuilding the campus community and will be an integral part of the student experience for years to come.