Otago Polytechnic

Completion Date

February 2018


Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2018 – Excellence, Resene Green Building Property Award and Merit, Arrow International Multi-Unit Residential Property Award categories

NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2018 – XLam NZ Multi-Storey Timber Building Award

NZ Commercial Property Awards 2019 – Silver, Winstone Wallboards Residential category

At times there where upwards of 105 contractors on site and Naylor Love co-ordinated all works on site and created a great team culture, which has helped deliver a unique project.
Otago Polytechnic are very happy with the final product and it is great to have students now in the building.

Tracey Howell

Otago Polytechnic

A groundbreaking engineered timber building, completed in just 15 months.

Te Pā Tauira – Otago Polytechnic Student Village has 231 beds in two wings of student accommodation, with single and single ensuite bedrooms in the five-storey west wing and a mixture of studios and four-bedroom apartments in the four-storey east wing, along with open-plan communal spaces.

Otago Polytechnic was keen to complete the project following the principles of the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous international sustainable building certification program. The use of strong, lightweight cross-laminated timber for the structure was key to achieving this goal. This ground-breaking building is the largest laminated wood building, by volume, in the country, and the tallest of its kind.

The pre-fabricated panels of Forest Stewardship Council-certified NZ pine arrived on site ready for our team to assemble like a giant jigsaw. The innovative materials and meticulous planning by our site team cut the programme down to just 15 months, with entire floors completed in a matter of days.

Naylor Love had considerable pre-construction involvement in the project, working collaboratively with Otago Polytechnic, the designer, and the CLT supplier.

We handed the light, bright student accommodation over to the delighted client right on time for the 2018 student intake.


Categories: Accommodation, Dunedin, Engineered Timber, Environmental, Pre-Construction