University of Auckland's Faculty of Education and Social Work building

University of Auckland's Faculty of Education and Social Work building

The University of Auckland's Faculty of Education and Social Work Building project involves the relocation of the Education and Social Work (ESW) faculty from the Epsom campus to the Central Auckland campus.

The project involved the redevelopment of Building 201 as a nine-storey facility, comprising:

  • dance and drama studios
  • a new, flexible lecture theatre
  • archaeology wet labs
  • specialist areas for cooking, timber work, craft, painting and music
  • a native plant roof garden
  • a glass atrium, and 
  • rooftop solar panels. 

As well as the Faculty of ESW, the building will also house parts of the Faculty of Arts. Beyond the B201 refurbishment, the project also intends to do improvement works to six other buildings.

Key Dates

Jun 2020 EOIs Open
2021 Construction Commencement
Mar 2021 Construction Commencement
2023 Construction Completion

Funding contributions

In August 2020, the NZ Government committed up to $200 million to the project as part of its $3 billion Infrastructure COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.


Successful Tenderer: Hawkins NZ
Related contracts:
Architect and Design
Successful Tenderer - Jasmax


Mar 2020 Dean of Faculty of Education and Social Work confirmed the time frame, noting that "The scale of the works required to accommodate the faculty on City Campus was larger than foreseen", including seismic strengthening and compliance with heritage-building regulations. As a consequence of the complex building requirements, the faculty will be moving in late 2023, ready for commencement of City Campus lectures in Semester One 2024.
Jun 2020 The New Zealand Government called for EOIs for the redevelopment of Building 201 at the University of Auckland's main campus that will house some of the relocated Faculty of Education and Social Work.
Mar 2021 Hawkins began work on the project.
Sep 2023 The building was officially opened following the completion of construction. Students are expected to attend classes in the building from 2024.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
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