Christchurch Metro Sports Facility
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The Metro Sports Facility, located in central Christchurch, will be the largest aquatic, indoor recreation and leisure venue of its kind in New Zealand. The facility will include an indoor aquatic hall with a 79 metre, 10-lane competition pool and seating for a minimum of 1,000 spectators, a leisure area including hot pools and hydroslides, nine indoor courts for sports such as netball and basketball, and retractable seating for a minimum of 2,500 spectators. There will also be a dedicated base for High Performance Sport New Zealand, and spaces for fitness and other activities.
The project, which is being co-funded by the NZ Government and Christchurch City Council, is being delivered under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract. The ECI contract was awarded to Leighs Cockram Joint Venture in August 2016.
A Leighs Cockram Joint Venture had begun site testing works and may have had the opportunity to stay on as the main construction contractor, based on performance and commercial negotiations.
In November 2017, Ōtākaro, the Crown agency overseeing the project's construction, terminated the contract with the Leighs Cockram Joint Venture, citing concerns about the price submitted to complete the design and construction, as well as the distribution of risk. Ōtākaro has since completed the design of the facility.
The Government reviewed the possibility of combining the Metro Sports Facility with the proposed Christchurch Multi-Use Arena but decided against it. In June 2018, the request for expressions of interests for the construct only main works contract was released. It is expected that main works will commence in 2019 and be completed by the end of 2021.
It is currently planned that a build-only tender process for the facility will be undertaken, however the NZ Government is reviewing the possibility of combining all or part of the Metro Sports Facility with the proposed Christchurch Multi-Use Arena. If the current design proceeds, Ōtākaro expects to issue a tender in April/May 2018.
Last reviewed: 25/06/2018