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Project updated: 21/11/2017

Metro Sports Facility

Metro Sports Facility

Taiwhanga Rēhia

What

The Metro Sports Facility is intended to be the largest aquatic and indoor recreation and leisure venue of its kind in New Zealand, and would be accessible to people of all ages, abilities and skill levels.

At over 30,000m2, the Metro Sports Facility would feature a 50 metre, 10-lane competition swimming pool and a separate diving pool, large aquatic leisure area, five hydroslides, fitness spaces and nine indoor courts for sports such as netball, volleyball and basketball. The facility would cater for the needs of the recreational, educational and high-performance sporting communities.

 

Where

A standalone Metro Sports Facility would sit on the 70,000m2 central city site bordering Moorhouse Avenue, Stewart Street, St Asaph Street and Antigua Street.

Why

The Metro Sports Facility would play an important part in fostering health and wellbeing in the region. It would attract people from across Canterbury and New Zealand. They would be able to play, train, participate and compete in a broad range of sports and recreational facilities for all ages and abilities. It would also offer a pleasant and relaxing environment for spectators.

How

Ōtākaro is developing the design of the Metro Sports Facility.  The design of the facility is now 90% complete.   The Company will complete the design as currently planned by around March 2018 and will continue to seek input from the relevant sports stakeholders on the design as required during the final stages.

In parallel, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) will take the opportunity to conduct a review of whether it would be beneficial to combine part or all of the Metro Sports Facility with the proposed Multi Use Arena.

Once this review is completed, a decision can be made on whether to proceed with a build-only tender process for the Metro Sports Facility as currently planned or to begin the development of a combined facility.

The Christchurch City Council is to be the operator of the facility under the current design. 

When

Site works on the Metro Sports Facility began in October 2016.  The design of the facility, which is about 80% complete, is continuing. 

In parallel, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) will take the opportunity to conduct a review of whether it would be beneficial to combine part or all of the Metro Sports Facility with the proposed Multi Use Arena.

Once this review is completed, a decision can be made on whether to proceed with a build-only tender process for the Metro Sports Facility as currently planned or to begin the development of a combined facility.

If the current design proceeds, a tender will be issued around April/May 2018 and a construction timetable will be established after completion of this tendering.

Status

On 21 November 2017 Ōtākaro terminated the Early Contractor Involvement agreement with Leighs Cockram Joint Venture Ltd for development of the Metro Sports Facility.  This was due to concerns about the price submitted to complete the design and construction of the facility, and the level of risk that would remain with the Crown and the Christchurch City Council.

The design of the facility is now 90% complete.   Ōtākaro will complete the design as currently planned by around March 2018 and will continue to seek input from the relevant sports stakeholders on the design as required during the final stages.

In parallel, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) will take the opportunity to conduct a review of whether it would be beneficial to combine part or all of the Metro Sports Facility with the proposed Multi Use Arena.

Once this review is completed, a decision can be made on whether to proceed with a build-only tender process for a facility as currently planned or to begin the development of a combined facility.

If the current design proceeds, a tender will be issued in around April/May 2018 and a construction timetable will be established after completion of this tendering.

 

Funding

If the Metro Sports Facility proceeds under the current plan, construction will be jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, with the Council being the operator of the facility after completion.

Features
  • 10-lane, 50m swimming pool and a separate diving pool, with 1000 spectator seats
  • A large leisure pool
  • Five hydro slides
  • Learn to swim pool
  • Aquatic sensory facility
  • Birthday party room
  • Warm water pool
  • Spa pools / saunas / steam rooms
  • Multipurpose indoor courts with capacity for nine netball courts
  • 2500 retractable seats in the show court
  • Gym/weights facility
  • Group fitness rooms
  • Health and wellness facilities
  • Movement centre
  • High performance sports centre
  • Sports House - shared administration area for regional sport
  • VIP and media areas
  • Café
  • Childcare facility.
Ngāi Tahu Grand Narrative

This Grand Narrative (8M file) documents the Ngāi Tahu values, customs and traditions relevant to the Justice and Metro Sports Facility.

More Information
  • Engagement

    There has been significant consultation with the many organised sports groups who will be high users of the facility, as well as sport and recreation organisations across the city. This is to understand their specific requirements, whether that is for national competitions (such as court dimensions and roof heights) or anchor points, in the pools for goals and play equipment, and for the indoor courts to ensure sports can use the spaces efficiently. This is an opportunity for sports groups to talk together about how they might use shared spaces and avoid duplicating resources.

    Workshops were held with a number of sports stakeholders in July 2016 to discuss more specific project details covered in the preliminary design phase of the project.

    Project team members have also met with community organisations such as Christchurch Resettlement Services and Rainbow Community to ensure all members of the community can provide input into the planning.

    Public comment was sought on the 1500m2 leisure water area. Over 1300 responses were received. The results showed people wanted a variety of different things from the leisure water area:

    • Active water play facilities such as hydro slides, lazy rivers and deep-diving pools;
    • Passive relaxation facilities such as spas, saunas and Jacuzzis;
    • Shallow pools and quieter areas separated from busier areas.

    These findings are now influencing the work of the project team as they develop the design for the Metro Sports Facility.

    Analysis of the responses by Ipsos is available here. 
    Ipsos Metro Sports Facility Leisure Water Area Report December 2015 [PDF 1.5MB]

     

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