Dunedin | Dental School Rebuild and Restoration Site Tour

4:00pm Wednesday, 26 August 2020
6:00pm Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Site Tour
University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry
310 Great King Street North Dunedin
Dunedin, Otago 9016
New Zealand

COVID Update | 12 August 2020

On Tuesday 11 August, the Prime Minister announced that Auckland is moving to Alert Level 3 for three days from midday on Wednesday 12 August until midnight on Friday 14 August. The rest of New Zealand will be moving to Alert Level 2. 

Here’s what the announcement means for Property Council:

  • From midday on Wednesday 12 August, Property Council’s Auckland office will be closed until at least 8.30am on Thursday 27 August, with all staff able to work remotely. This may change depending on Government advice. 
  • Staff across the regions continue to operate as usual, with all events going ahead as planned.

Our member's wellbeing remains at the fore and we will continue to heed the advice provided by the Ministry of Health as the days unfold.

The Property Council Team


Come and see first-hand the University of Otago's latest redevelopment and new build, a project that is now the University's second-largest capital development ever.

Dr. Peter Cathro (HOD) and Dr Don Schwass (Clinical Director) will provide a guided tour of the New Clinical Services Building, showcasing its state-of-the-art facilities which will house radiography, oral surgery, paediatric dentistry, undergraduate clinics, and orthodontics teaching spaces. Jamie Cargill (University of Otago Project Director) and Nathan Hawkins (Leighs Cockram Project Manager) will then walk you through the 1,800m2 atrium, located between the Clinical Services Building and the existing Walsh Building (commonly known as the ‘Dental School’).

The Walsh Building's heritage-listed, glass-curtain facade has been replaced with a replica that meets current weatherproofing and technology standards, while the north and south-facing mosaic walls also will be renovated. Once the refurbishment is completed in early 2021, the Walsh building will house laboratories for research, academic offices, student support spaces, and teaching spaces. 

Following the tour we will gather for a (socially-distanced) networking and refreshments on Level 2.

Spaces are limited - book today to secure your place!


Dr Peter Cathro

Head of Department, University of Otago

Peter is a specialist dentist who returned from Adelaide to teach at the Faculty of Dentistry in 2014. Peter was seconded to the Te Kaika, Dunedin and Auckland building projects as Programme Manager Organisational Delivery in November 2016.  Following the opening of the Auckland Dental Facility this year, Peter has returned to his full-time role as a Senior Lecturer and as a Head of Department. Peter now gets to enjoy teaching in our wonderful new facility!


Dr Don Schwass

Clinical Director at the Faculty of Dentistry and Specialist Prosthodontist

Don returned to the University of Otago in 2007 after 17 years in private dental practice as sole owner of a group practice in North Otago. From 2010 until 2016 Don was a senior lecturer and Head of Discipline in Preventive and Restorative Dentistry for the Department of Oral Rehabilitation. Throughout 2015 and 2016 Don was engaged full-time as the Associate Dean for Capital Build Projects, involved in designing the new clinical facilities and was responsible for writing the technical specifications to supply specialist dental equipment and CSSD equipment tenders. He was also on the tender evaluation panel for letting the main build contract. Since late 2016 Don has been the Clinical Director for the Faculty, overseeing the transition into the CSB.

Don maintains an active interest in research and holds several patents. He is the Clinical Director for a research company, Silventum, which in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago, is looking at developing novel dental materials for clinical applications in the oral cavity. 

Don has continued to work part-time in Dunedin as a Specialist Prosthodontist in Private Practice since 2010.


Jamie Cargill

Project Director, University of Otago 

Jamie is the Project Director for both the Dunedin redevelopment ($130m) and the new Counties Manukau Dental Facility ($28m - completed February 2020). Jamie has overseen and directed the planning, design, construction and operational commissioning for the three facilities over the past five years. The programme of work is due to be completed by March 2021.


Nathan Hawkins

Project Manager, Leighs Cockram

Nathan is Project Manager for the Leighs Cockram Joint Venture (the main contractor on the project) and has managed the construction of the new CSB building and the fitout of the Walsh building over the past four years.



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Joanna Fuller

South Island Regional Manager

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