The facility, scheduled for practical completion in 2020, will accommodate 700 scientists and students who will work and learn in a new shared environment, to produce innovations for New Zealand’s primary industries and help grow the New Zealand economy.
“There’s been a lot of work done to get to this point of having a spade in the ground, and the site now being prepared for the 27,000 square metre building,” AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson said.
“It’s now very much a reality, and I think there is a real sense of anticipation that we are going to have a facility that is something quite special, and that the new way of working together is going to make a real difference where it comes to the results we produce to support the land-based industries.”
Lincoln University Chancellor Steve Smith called it a historic day.
“Lincoln’s future in the national tertiary system and its national and international standing will be defined by what happens within the walls of these buildings that will become the first physical home for the Lincoln Hub.
“The real power in learning and research comes from proximity: human relationships, being in the same space; chance conversations and the synergies observed between different academic and scientific disciplines,” Mr Smith said.
Minister Goldsmith was also joined by representatives from Lincoln University and AgResearch at the event in signing a scroll to be placed in a time capsule that will eventually be incorporated into the site.
Selwyn MP Amy Adams and Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton also attended the event.