University of Canterbury Student Association Building




Christchurch, NZ


Leighs Construction

Contract Type

Construct Only





VAE were engaged by Leighs Construction to deliver the new state of the art students meeting and events building at the University of Canterbury.

The new 3,500m2 two-storey purpose-built student association building provides the student body with facilities including a Performance Theatre, Function Centre, Social Spaces, Club Spaces, Bars, UCSA office and external entertainment areas including an amphitheatre and outdoor kitchen.

Key Achievements

  • VAE were awarded the project on a construct only basis, however due to inherent problems with the design that was issued for construction the functionality of the building would have been compromised (including architectural & acoustic) this led to VAE taking on a vast amount of design work in order to ensure a fully functioning building solution.
  • The team managed to produce the above positive result whilst having a significant lack of full design control which meant many challenges including time delays with approvals etc.
  • Due to documents not being coordinated between structure, architecture and services prior to project commencement VAE took on full design level co- ordination. VAE have received praise from the client, stating that the project would not have been successful without VAE’s input.


Gallery Image Source: Leighs Construction