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University building for Plaza gap

### ODT Online Wed, 9 Jun 2010
$20 million set aside for varsity’s stadium building
By Allison Rudd
The University of Otago’s stadium building is a step closer, with almost $20 million being added to this year’s budget for its construction. The Warren and Mahoney-designed Oamaru stone-clad building, linking the University Plaza and the Forsyth Barr Stadium, will contain the university’s foundation studies department, the Unipol sports centre, a physiotherapy clinic and a cafe. Presenting the revised 2010 budget to the university council yesterday, chief operating officer John Patrick said almost $20 million – $19.722 million – had been added to the capital works budget for “university plaza building one”.
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Question: Which local dignitary are we naming it after, as a blame-marker of the stadium fiasco that would impoverish a city.
Or is “university plaza building one” it —shortening to “Plaza One”.
Has a certain kind of fit with the Americanised style of the Campus Master Plan: a football campus.

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David Davies: “The university wants a better finish and therefore they are going to have to pay for it”

### ODT Online Wed, 10 Feb 2010
Upgrade for stadium plaza
By Chris Morris
Plans for the plaza beside the Forsyth Barr Stadium are being scaled up, after the University of Otago decided it wanted the area to “make a statement”. The stadium complex – officially titled Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza – was always going to feature a plaza as part of the stadium and university building development.

Discussions between the university and council were continuing over who “foots the bill” for the additional cost.

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Tweet from @ForBarrStadium
Can’t wait to see the Plaza standing tall and proud beside the stadium:) http://bit.ly/cekiNz

Oh good grief.

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Profound: University’s plaza building to have “academic presence”

The plaza will be owned in common with the Dunedin City Council.

### ODT Online Sat, 19 Dec 2009
University unveils stadium building design
By Allison Rudd
The University of Otago’s building next to the Forsyth Barr Stadium will be “one of the most exciting developments on campus for decades”, vice-chancellor Prof Sir David Skegg says. Releasing the design yesterday, he said the Oamaru stone-clad building, linking the University Plaza and the stadium, would be “a major learning and recreational facility next to a world-class covered stadium”.
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University Stadium building
– 9663sq m rectangular building providing west wall of the stadium and opening on to University Plaza
– Teaching spaces for Foundation Studies department; Unipol sports centre including two gymnasiums, cardio weights area and large multipurpose team sports area; physiotherapy clinic; cafe for students and public
– Cost still under wraps, but could be $45 million
– Construction May 2010-August 2011
– Second building to be constructed at right angles to this building, providing an L-shaped development.


Our simple hope is that the current Unipol building in Anzac Avenue is retained to extend University of Otago Hocken Library collections.

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University building at stadium


Channel 9 News: tomorrow ODT runs a story about the University of Otago’s proposed building at the stadium.

Word is it’ll cost more than originally thought.
By how much, we wonder.


### ODT Online Wed, 11 Nov 2009
University reviews stadium building
By Allison Rudd
The University of Otago is re-evaluating the design of its building at the Forsyth Barr Stadium site after a preliminary concept report said the building would need to be larger and more expensive than first anticipated.
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Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza

ODT 30 Jan 2009

The $188 million stadium in Dunedin, if it goes ahead, will be named Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza.

Principals of the Dunedin-based sharebroking and investment company yesterday signed a 10-year agreement with the Carisbrook Stadium Trust for the “head naming rights”.

Neither party would say how much the deal was worth.

Forsyth Barr chairman Eion Edgar would say only that it was a “significant sum”, but was “certainly not” what the trust would have liked “and probably more than we would have liked to pay”.

While the suggested value of the naming rights has not previously been divulged publicly, in December 2007 trust marketing adviser Brian Meredith reported to the Dunedin City Council that head naming rights would equate to up to 22% of the $45.5 million required from private sector funding – a sum equivalent to just over $10 million.

After a signing ceremony for the media yesterday, managing director Neil Paviour-Smith, of Wellington, said the move would give the company profile, “putting our name on an asset that will have some prominence, not just in Dunedin, but throughout New Zealand”.

The company was founded in Dunedin in 1936 and the opening of the stadium would coincide with the company’s 75th anniversary, he said.

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