The new Recreation Centre at Lincoln University, also known as Whare Hakinakina, is a two-storey building nestled between three existing buildings. Sitting on a raft slab with architecturally finished topping slabs, exposed concrete finishes and striking gold ACM cladding, the 2,087 square metre centre includes exercise, teaching and research spaces, along with associated amenities.

We completed early value engineering to ensure that the facility could be delivered on budget without compromising the client’s vision, repeating the process several times to accommodate design changes as the project progressed. The discovery of contaminated ground and soft spots led to our team devising numerous methodology changes, with Covid-19 and the weather also throwing up challenges on site.

Clear communication with both the gym staff and other contractors working on site was paramount, particularly towards the end of the project when we were connecting the new building to the existing gym, timing noisier tasks to ensure that group classes weren’t disturbed.

The new Recreation Centre offers more space and more options for Lincoln University staff and students to work, work out, relax and play.

“The standard of finishes achieved inside and out were of the highest quality and there was a great team culture on-site, everyone was courteous and a pleasure to deal with.

It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the next project with the Naylor Love team.”

Peter Harris, Campus Development Programme Lead

Client: Lincoln University
Completed: February 2021


Christchurch, Education, Leisure & Cultural