[3 June/Stuff]

Education Minister, Chris Hipkins, said he was disappointed and frustrated by further delays to the development of the science research centre at Lincoln University.  Lincoln Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce Mckenzie, said the university and AgResearch decided to delay construction and put the contract back out for tender. They hoped to appoint a contractor by August, and open the first part of the building at the end of 2020. Mr Hipkins said he was informed its completion had been pushed back to finalise the facility’s design and provide greater certainty of the costs of the project. He added it was frustrating that it would now be even longer before the significant benefits of the project were realised. Cabinet would not allocate any funding without first endorsing the business case. Southbase Construction concluded its work on campus on May 11 and the site had since been under the control of Hamish Cochrane, the project’s senior responsible officer.