Project

Canterbury Multi-Use Arena

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
Canterbury Multi-Use Arena

The New Zealand Government and Christchurch City Council jointly committed to constructing a new multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena, including a stadium, on NZ Government land in the city centre. The decision followed damages sustained to AMI Stadium (previously Rugby League Park) and Lancaster Park during the 2011 earthquake the NZ.

The Arena will comprise 25,000 permanent seats (plus 5,000 temporary seats), with a solid roof and retractable pitch, estimated to cost NZ$496 million.

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

Oct 2020 RFP Open
Apr 2021 Construction Commencement
Dec 2021 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NZ Government
Local Council
The project will be funded through a cost-sharing agreement between the NZ Government and the Council, with possibility of private investor involvement in talks. The Council has committed up to NZ$253 million. In June 2018, Christchurch Council voted to bring forward its funding of NZ$253 million by two years from 2023 to 2021. The NZ Government, elected in 2017, established a capital acceleration facility for Christchurch to which the Government has committed NZ$300 million. In October 2018, the NZ Government confirmed that NZ$220 from the facility would go towards the new arena, at the request of the Council. This is on top of circa NZ$57 million that the Government has already contributed to buy land for the arena. In October 2020, a formal joint funding agreement was signed which confirmed that: - NZ$253 million has been committed by Christchurch City Council. In June 2018, this was brought forward by two years from 2023 to 2021. - NZ$220 million has been committed from the NZ Government, drawn from the Capital Acceleration Facility. - NZ$57 million has been contributed by the NZ Government to purchase land for the arena.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Christchurch City Council

PROJECT HISTORY

Aug 2017 Christchurch Stadium Trust released a pre-feasibility study into a new multi-purpose Christchurch Arena capable of hosting sporting events as well as exhibitions and concerts. The study identified a shortlist of options, and provided recommendations on the preferred options, amenities and precinct infrastructure necessary to deliver the stadium. The four options identified were: -25,000 permanent seat arena (plus 5,000 temporary seats), with 75-80 per cent roof cover and a non-retractable pitch, estimated to be $368 million -25,000 permanent seat arena (plus 5,000 temporary seats), with a transparent enclosed roof and a non-retractable pitch, estimated to be $465 million -25,000 permanent seat arena (plus 5,000 temporary seats), with a solid roof and retractable pitch, estimated to be $496 million, and -30,000 permanent seat arena (plus 5,000 temporary seats), with a solid roof and retractable pitch, estimated to be $584 million. The study identified option 3 as the preferred option, which is expected to record an operating surplus, based on an analysis of different revenue and expenditure scenarios. The Council will set up a project team to examine these options and develop a detailed business case.
Feb 2019 The project was renamed to Canterbury multi-use Arena.
Dec 2019 Christchurch City Council approved the investment case for the 25,000-seat covered multi-use arena.
Jul 2020 Christchurch City Council issued an Advanced Notice of Information, marking the beginning of procurement for design and construction of the facility.
Jul 2020 Christchurch City Council issued a second Advanced Notice of Information about the Design and Construction tender for the arena.
Aug 2020 Christchurch City Council called for public feedback on the proposed amendments to the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, in order to establish noise management regulations relevant to the arena.
Oct 2020 Council issued a Request for Proposal for design and construction of the arena.
Nov 2020 After industry feedback, Christchurch City Council extended the RFP submission deadline to 29 January 2021.
Apr 2021 Geotechnical and environmental investigation works have started at the project's site, marking the commencement of construction.
Estimated Total Cost
(2016)
Sector
Social
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement | Possible PPP |
Location
New Zealand |
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