Victoria University’s Te Toki a Rata

Victoria University – New Te Toki a Rata building
Victoria University of Wellington has expanded its Kelburn campus with a new science teaching and research building (Te Toki a Rata).

State-of-the art design and complexity

Holmes Farsight has been proud and excited to assist with streamlining the consenting and compliance process for this state-of-the-art designed building, facilitating collaborative lab, learning and teaching environments. The new building has added 12,500m of floor space over 6 levels, and includes a dynamic external paved plaza area  linking the new Build to the existing Cotton and MacClaurin buildings.

End to end compliance streamlined

Our involvement began in 2014 with lodging of the first Building consent, and has followed through with applications for all 9 consent stages, as well as coordination between our client and Wellington City Council to ensure the smooth transition between consenting and requests for information, enabling workflow to continue on site without interruptions.
We have also coordinated legal occupation of the Building with Wellington City Council, on behalf of our client through the Certificate of Public use process. This has ensured the building is certified fit-for-purpose, and available for students on time at the beginning of the 2018 teaching year.


Close out and completion

Holmes Farsight is currently assisting with the final stages of certification to ensure all Code compliance certificates are issued for the project consented works. This, in itself is a large and technically challenging process requiring close coordination between our client, ourselves and the various contractors completing the works on site, and of course the Wellington City Council. This is our area of specialist expertise and we are able to bring a high level of confidence and certainty to all stakeholders in the process.

‘Part of Victoria University of Wellington’s vision is to provide a holistic learning & teaching student experience that is second to none. Holmes Farsight has successfully assisted us in achieving our goals in campus and facilities development since 2011 and they continue to provide us with valuable translation and interpretation of the building legislation requirements.’

Satish DahyaAssociate Director Campus Development