Campus integration of AgResearch Food Science teams alongside the Massey University School of Food and Nutrition will create a world class food science facility.
The AgResearch and Massey University Food Science Facility, on the University’s Manawatū campus in Palmerston North, will accommodate about 140 staff from the two organisations as well as from the Riddet Institute.
It will feature laboratories and shared spaces focused around education and research into meat and dairy in a three-storey 5,000 square metre building that will be New Zealand’s largest agri-food innovation centre.
The facility will also be a key component of FoodHQ – a partnership to grow New Zealand’s reputation in food and beverage innovation that includes AgResearch and Massey University among its network of science and innovation partners.
The Building Intelligence Group is leading the wider project team which includes local contractor McMillan & Lockwood, architects Warren & Mahoney, engineers Beca and quantity surveyor RLB. The project will complete by the end of 2019.
AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson comments “This new joint facility concept – similar to what AgResearch is doing with Lincoln University near Christchurch – is going to accelerate innovation by having world-class talent working together under one roof. In the case of food research, it means the opportunity for new generation products that offer exciting new textures and flavours, and improve peoples’ health and nutrition.”