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Metro Sports Facility- Update

Metro Sports Facility Progress Update

July 2018

Otakaro are on track to award the contract to carry out the pre-construction ground works on the Metro Sports Facility site later this month. 

This is a significant piece of work with over 7000 in-ground stone columns, some up to 15 metres in depth, required to get the ground ready for the construction of the facility. As work ramps up throughout the year the contractor will be working six days a week to get the job done by the time the Main Works contractor is appointed. 

After initial engagement with potential Main Works contractors, a formal Request for Expressions of Interest (ROI) was issued last month for the construction contract. Otakaro are planning to issue a formal Request for Tender to a shortlist of respondents identified from the ROI process in September, with the aim of appointing a contractor around March 2019. 

The design team is currently finalising the plans for the facility, having removed some previously identified features to achieve the necessary cost savings. Otakaro look forward to being able to provide us with some updated artist impressions of the facility later in the year that reflect how it will look when completed in late 2021.

Did you know..? 

Each update Otakaro will aim to give us some more detail on a specific element of the facility.

This month they take a look at what will be on offer for divers. 

The inclusion of a 20 x 25m dive well will allow international diving events to return to Christchurch, ensuring future generations of divers will have the opportunity to watch, train and compete with world-class athletes in their own backyard.

The tower itself will include a 3m, 5m, 7.5m and 10m platform. Alongside this there will be 3 x 3m and 2 x 1m springboards (some with harnesses available). There will also be enough space for FINA event requirements like a 1m platform and jacuzzi.

What will set Metro Sports apart is also having a dry dive facility for training under the same roof.

Based around a foam pit, a dry diving facility gives novices an opportunity to put on a counter-weighted harness and try sports like diving, gymnastics and acrobatics in a controlled environment. At the other end of the spectrum competitive athletes can use the foam pit and trampolines to enhance their technique and test their abilities safely. It's just one way the Metro Sports Facility will deliver on its objective of increasing participation rates in sport and recreation. 

That being said, jumping into a foam pit is a lot of fun so there will also be the opportunity from time to time to open it up for the likes of birthday parties.