[22 August/The Press]

At event was held Tuesday to mark the start of the construction of a new $206 million research facility at Lincoln University, which will be the physical home of the Lincoln Hub, a collaborative project between the University and several Crown Research Institutes. Lincoln University and AgResearch are partnering in the centre development; the facility will ultimately be home to 900 Crown scientists and be the largest agricultural research centre in the Southern Hemisphere. The government has committed $85 million to the project, one which AgResearch CEO, Tom Richardson, said he hoped would be a huge drawcard for the smartest minds. Lincoln University Chancellor, Steve Smith, said it was a historic day for the institution, whose future would be defined by the facility.