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Project updated: 14/08/2017

Metro Sports Facility

Metro Sports Facility

Taiwhanga Rēhia


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

At over 30,000m2, the Metro Sports Facility will 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 will cater for the needs of the recreational, educational and high-performance sporting communities.


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


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


Construction of the facility will be managed by Ōtākaro. It will develop a detailed design and then appoint a design build contractor to construct the facility. The Christchurch City Council will be the operator. 


Leighs Cockram Joint Venture has now begun site testing works. This consists of drilling hydrology boreholes on site, driving sheet piling (in-ground steel sheeting) and testing dewatering rates and piling solutions.
This work will finalise the construction methods used when the main works commence.


Construction will be jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, with the Council being the operator of the facility after completion early in 2020.

  • 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.

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  • Who else is involved

    Other partners in the Metro Sports Facility include Aecom (project managers and quantity surveyors), Otium Planning (sports advisers) and Matapopore Charitable Trust (representing Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri).

    In December 2015 the Crown appointed the international design team led by architects Warren and Mahoney,  including partners Peddle Thorp Architects (Australia) and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (Canada), along with engineers Aurecon, including partners ARUP (Australia), Powell Fenwick Consultants and Aquatic Design and Engineering (USA) to progress the preliminary design of the Metro Sports Facility.

    In September 2016 Ōtākaro selected Leighs Cockram Joint Venture Ltd. to proceed as the single ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) contractor for the next design stage of the Metro Sports Facility. The ECI process brought two contractors into the design process in April 2016 so the design team could incorporate their knowledge of construction methods, cost management and health and safety into the project. Ōtākaro has selected Leighs Cockram Joint Venture who have demonstrated strong specialist knowledge of the project and are confident in their ability to make technical, construction and design improvements throughout their involvement. Subject to their continued performance and commercial negotiations, Leighs Cockram Joint Venture may then have the opportunity to stay on and be involved in the build itself when the main construction contractor is selected

  • 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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