Dr Woods announces $75m investment in Gracefield Innovation Quarter

The Gracefield Innovation Quarter is set to get an upgrade from a government investment in redeveloping the Hutt Valley science commercialisation site, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods.

The Government’s $75 million investment in the site aims to provide New Zealand’s top scientists, engineers and researchers with the modern facilities needed to help transform the economy to become more productive, sustainable and focused on growing R&D.

“The Gracefield Innovation Quarter plays an important role in this, connecting and supporting the innovation community. Its redevelopment will ensure Callaghan Innovation continues to help businesses to grow their investment in research and development,” says Megan Woods.

“Last year around 270 companies benefited from these services, with this investment we hope to see that number grow, bringing us closer to achieving our coalition goal of increasing New Zealand’s R&D spend to 2% GDP by 2027.”

Gracefield Innovation Quarter is home to over 200 scientists, researchers and technicians, along with tenant businesses. It features state-of-the-art specialist workshops, pilot plants, labs and equipment, and world-class measurement facilities. This investment means that three new buildings can be built, as well as an extension to one building and extensive refurbishments to other existing buildings.

“Investment in this significant Government asset will help us build a productive nation and transform the economy, by fostering growth in innovation and commercialising science and technology developments.

“Research and innovation provide the key to achieving our ambitions for a more productive, sustainable and resilient economy, environment and society. Callaghan Innovation’s role is to advance innovation by supporting businesses to commercialise their investments in science, engineering, technology and design, and in undertaking valuable research and development. Gracefield Innovation Quarter is an important part of this,” says Megan Woods.

Images and business case:

  • Renders of the new buildings can be downloaded here.
  • Work to redevelop the site has started and the first part of this programme is expected to be completed by 2023. More information including the GIQ Programme Business Case can be found on Callaghan Innovation’s website.

Specifically, this funding will enable:

  • A new building to meet the special requirements of the Measurement Standards Laboratory
  • An extension to improve commercial businesses facilities to deliver customer contracts
  • Asbestos management and removal
  • Seismic strengthening for six buildings
  • Dangerous goods storage improvements including building additional stores
  • Scientific lab safety improvements
  • Heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) replacements across the site
  • Urgent underground services improvements
  • Urgent roof and weather tightness remediation
  • Re-certification for new Health and Safety  legislation
  • Upgraded site-wide horizontal infrastructure
  • Aged building refurbishment
  • A new building to host flexible laboratory spaces
  • Improved business operations resilience and capacity

Source:  Minister of Research, Science and Innovation

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog

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