CPB Contractors selected for sports facility in New Zealand

WCN Editorial Team 28 Mar 2019 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

CPB Contractors, a subsidiary of Australian company Cimic Group, has won a N$221m ($150m) contract from Ōtākaro for the Metro Sports Facility in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Ōtākaro CEO John Bridgman said that work will commence in May 2019 and construction is expected to be completed in 2021.

The facility will include 10-lane 50m competition pool plus movable 1.5m wide boom; 1,000 aquatic spectator seats; 20mx25m diving pool; aquatic leisure facility; five hydroslides; learn to swim pool; warm water pool/spa/sauna/steam room; birthday party room; multipurpose indoor courts for nine netball courts and other indoor sports; and 2,500 retractable spectator seats in the show court.

It will also have gym/weights facility; group fitness rooms; allied health facilities; performance movement centre; aquatic sensory space; high-performance sports centre with facilities for coaching and training; Sports House for regional sport; facility administration areas; VIP and media areas; café and supporting satellite food and beverage facilities; and facility parking.

Bridgman said: “As the largest sports and recreation venue of its kind in New Zealand, the Metro Sports Facility will play an important part in Christchurch’s regeneration.

“It will give everyone the opportunity to get active and bring national and international competitions to the city.

“Building the Metro Sports Facility will be of great benefit to the local construction industry with at least 80 percent of the sub-trades to be sourced domestically.

“We expect more than $60m in wages and salaries will be paid to the local workforce throughout the course of the construction, with more than 400 people employed on site at its peak.”

An additional N$80m ($54m) has been allocated for specialist equipment such as pool tanks, hydroslides, water toys, fixtures, furniture and other equipment.

Christchurch City Council will own and operate the Metro Sports Facility and will contribute N$148m ($101m) to the project.

The Crown has already purchased the land, giving the Metro Sports Facility a high-profile location on Moorhouse Avenue.

March Menard JV will complete the last of the 7,200 in-ground stone columns in May, after which CPB will begin work on the site.

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Image: Metro Sports Facility community courts. Photo: Courtesy of Otakaro Ltd.

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