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Lion Breweries site memory imprint University of Auckland

So a bit of exciting news came through yesterday that the community at the University of Auckland was keenly waiting upon (at least for those who are clued on about their university). The university confirmed that they will be acquiring the old Lions Breweries site, a nice chunk of land still central in the bustling Newmarket. It gives so much opportunity for a fresh campus with high quality 21st century design. It may also mix up the configuration of departments across the campuses.

The university has a mix of building types at the moment. Clocktower and the buildings around it are the oldest, then the monumental modernist buildings (such as the science building), merging with the New Brutalist style (architecture building) and then some contemporary (the new part of engineering, Owen Glenn Building). The newest building to date I believe is the medical building at Grafton Campus, a pretty fresh design by Jasmax

FMHS Grafton Campus building
The new medical school building which won an NZIA Award.
There is also talk of the university consolidating its landholdings toward the central campuses rather than having ones as flung out and disconnected as Tamaki Campus. With more connection to central facilities, hopefully there is more of a student culture around the wider university precinct.

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