New Zealand’s agricultural and food innovation hubs are one step closer to reality with the appointment of a leading project management firm.
AgResearch has appointed Christchurch-based The Project Office to plan and manage the delivery of its campus plans, including the development of its parts of the Lincoln Hub, at Lincoln and the FoodHQ hub at Palmerston North.
AgResearch Chief Executive Tom Richardson says undertaking the project in collaboration with sector partners has many advantages.
“Tighter links with agricultural tertiary institutions, large research organisations, industry bodies and the private sector – all within a five to ten minute walk will not only deliver better science nationally, it will also help us retain and attract talented employees for science and the pastoral sector, and foster capability growth,” he says.
“We have a unique opportunity to work with our Hub partners to jointly plan and construct integrated shared facilities which will maximise the return on the capital we all invest.”
Lincoln University’s Vice-Chancellor Andy West welcomed the announcement and DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said all the partners are keen to keep the momentum up on developing the Lincoln hub.
The confirmed partners with AgResearch at Food HQ in Palmerston North include AsureQuality, BioCommerce Centre, ESR, Fonterra, Massey University, Plant & Food Research and Riddet Institute.