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Old March 28th, 2019, 04:09 AM   #81
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Contractor confirmed for Christchurch's $301 million Metro Sports Facility build





Christchurch's long-awaited Metro Sports Facility will be built by Australian company CPB contractors, who are already working on two large publicly-funded projects in the city. The $301 million central city anchor project, due to open in late 2021, was originally expected to be finished early-2016 but has been plagued by delays – including a dispute which saw the previous design and build contractor dropped. When finished, the building will include a 10-lane 50-metre pool with 1000 seats for spectators, a 20m by 25m diving pool, five hydroslides, several indoor courts for various sports, and several other training facilities. The main works contract with CPB is worth $221m. A further $80m is either set aside for specialist equipment like pool tanks and hydroslides or has been spent on land remediation, foundation work or professional services. CPB is also building the Christchurch Hospital's acute services building, which is eight months late and has had issues with non-complaint piping, and the Christchurch convention centre, due to open in 2020. The build is managed by Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro. Chief executive John Bridgman said at least 80 per cent of the sub trades needed for the project would be sourced from within New Zealand. "We expect more than $60m in wages and salaries will be paid to the local workforce throughout the course of the construction, with more than 400 people employed on site at its peak." The venue would "provide both a touchstone for community wellbeing and economic benefits for the city", he said. It is expected to host eight to 12 international events annually. The Christchurch City Council will make a capped contribution of $148m to the project and will own and operate the building when finished. Canterbury Basketball CEO Paul Duggan said with more than 7500 registered players, basketball was bursting at the seams in the region, and the facility would be "a boost for basketball at every level of our game". It would put Christchurch in an enviable position for securing national competitions, he said. "For too many years, our representative teams have had to travel to compete at national tournaments, and we look forward to the day when we can host these events." Ōtākaro entered final negotiations with CPB as the preferred contractor in February. At the time, industry sources claimed the contract would go to CPB, leading to city councillor Jamie Gough expressing frustration that the job did not go to a local company. Gough labelled it "a disgusting move that will take millions of dollars and sustainable long term employment prospects from Christchurch and the region".The other bidder for the contract was a group of local construction companies including Southbase Construction, which was founded in 2013 by Phillip Carter and Ben Gough, a relative of Jamie Gough. The facility was originally due to open early-2016 but has been plagued by delays. A previous contract with Leighs Cockram Joint Venture ended over the allocation of risk and a $75m budget blowout in November 2017. The Government then reviewed the plans, resulting in a trimmed-back version of the facility. The new build-only contract is different from the previous design and build agreement with Leighs Cockram. Bridgman said the design and construction method was altered to save money where possible but "with construction costs continually rising, the reality is if we want this facility we need to get the build underway now". March Menard Joint Venture has been doing groundworks on the site, bordered by St Asaph and Antigua streets and Moorhouse Ave, since August. It will be finished installing the 7200 stone columns in early May.

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Groundworks complete, let's see some progress. Just hope the massive delays with the ASB are a one off. Guess we'll find out how the Convention Centre goes during this last year of build.
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Current update from CCC - looks like an offical sod turning ceremony will be tomorrow



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