The Manawatū campus' Veterinary Tower
A very familiar feature of the Manawatū campus, the eight-storey Veterinary Tower building, was designed by the Ministry of Works in 1966 and built between 1968 and 1970.
After 50 years of use, due to an increased awareness around earthquake risks and the resulting rise in building safety requirements/codes, it was found that the building no longer met the necessary seismic rating standards. A decision was thus taken in 2021 to vacate the building and to demolish it.
Demolition commenced in 2022. Due to the building's proximity to other facilities, the university opted to have it physically deconstructed and removed. The initial stages of the demolition consisted of stripping the interior of the building and removing windows and spandrels. In October 2022 the next stage started and included the structural demolition of the building.
Much of the building will be recycled, including its timber, glass and metal. The concrete rubble and debris removed from the site was earmarked to be recycled into roading material.
Below are photographs and other material highlighting the history of the Vet Tower.