Vodafone InnoV8 building showcased to Lincoln University property students

May 28, 2018

Lincoln University students received an insight into global best-practice principles of commercial building construction, maintenance and management during a tour of the Vodafone “InnoV8” building in Christchurch this month.

The state-of-the-art building, which is one of the flagship office and retail buildings in the city’s Innovation Precinct, was showcased to over 30 students taking a second-year property management paper towards their property degrees at Lincoln.

The tour was led by Vodafone’s on-site facilities manager Alisa Hansen, Logic Group facilities management director Che O’Neill, MHP director Dale Robertson, MHP HR advisor Gabrielle Wethey and MHP property management team leader Kirita Sio. Topics covered included the building’s construction, operations, facilities and key features including its leading-edge seismic resilience and green credentials.

John McDonagh, associate professor of property studies at Lincoln University, says the tour was a fantastic opportunity for the students to inspect a large, modern commercial building in the Christchurch CBD for the first time in several years.

“Our students tour a commercial building every year as part of their studies, but we have been restricted to suburban business parks for the past eight years due to a lack of suitable facilities in the CBD post-earthquake,” he says.

“It’s very exciting to have finally brought a group of students back to the CBD for a property tour for the first time since the earthquakes – and to offer them the opportunity to gain an insight into global best-practice principles of commercial construction and building management.”

Further tours of the Vodafone Building and other new CBD buildings are on the cards for Lincoln students, some of whom may have never set foot in a major commercial building before, he says.

The building, which was constructed in 2014, has been “future-proofed” to ensure it can withstand significant earthquake events, cater for increasing occupancy, continue a high standard of investment performance for its owners as well as continuing to maintain excellent environmental performance in line with its five-star Green Star design rating, says Kirita Sio.

“Vodafone made the commitment to Studio D4 back in 2014 to build their South Island headquarters in the Innovation Precinct. At the time, Vodafone was operating from various offices throughout Christchurch and were very keen to co-locate their team of 350 people into a single building. The result is a spectacular facility, purpose-built for Vodafone by Calder Stewart and formally opened in 2016,” she says.

“MHP is proud to have this fantastic building, under the ownership of Tuam Street West Limited, as part of our nationwide management portfolio. It’s a pleasure to be involved with managing modern, flagship assets like this and the neighbouring Kathmandu Building.”

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Lincoln University students touring the Vodafone InnoV8 building