Ngā Puna Wai, beside Canterbury Agricultural Park, is the site of a new sports hub for Christchurch.

It will combine facilities for a number of sporting disciplines – including an athletics track, hockey turfs, outdoor tennis courts and sports fields – on 32 hectares of Ngā Puna Wai near Wigram, which is currently used mainly for livestock grazing and public recreation.

Master Plan approved

A milestone was reached on Monday 15 August 2016 when the Master Plan was approved by the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Project Steering Group. The Master Plan is a revised version, following an independent peer review. It identifies the preferred locations for where everything will fit on the site and opens the door for the team to design the civil works (foundations, drainage, etc), sports surfaces and buildings.

Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Master Plan

Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Master Plan (Stage 1 in colour, future stages in grey)

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Background

The Ngā Puna Wai Reserve itself comprises 83 hectares of recreation and esplanade reserve and other park land beside Canterbury Agricultural Park, near Wigram. Council staff and other stakeholders identified it as the preferred site for a new athletics track to replace the one lost at QEII Park in the earthquakes.

Following strong support from the wider Christchurch recreational and sporting community, the Council called for a report on the possibility of establishing a sporting hub at Ngā Puna Wai Reserve, using the athletics track as a key development.

The Council's decision to proceed came after a two-month public consultation in 2014, with 4725 submissions received on the proposal. Ninety per cent of those submissions were in favour of a sports hub at Ngā Puna Wai Reserve.

The team

A multidisciplinary design team was appointed on Friday 10 June 2016. A consortium including AECOM and Beca, in partnership with Studio106 Architect, plus a number of other critical specialists, has been contracted to begin concept design work for Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub. This team will now develop the approved conceptual design through to a detailed design, which will be used to consent and tender out the various work packages. 

AECOM
AECOM is a market leader in the delivery of sports and recreation projects in Australia/New Zealand. They provide a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customised and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients and the community. The depth of the AECOM business has enabled them to bring their most experienced and capable project and cost managers to the Ngā Puna Wai project. Under the skilled leadership of Ross Davison and Chris Hemphill the team brings enthusiasm, a wealth of sport sector knowledge, and is committed to working collaboratively with the Council and the community to deliver a fantastic outcome.

Beca
Beca is one of New Zealand’s largest employee-owned businesses and has been part of the Christchurch community for over 50 years. Beca and Studio106 Architect continue their involvement as the designers of the Ngā Puna Wai sports hub, having designed the original master plan in 2013 with the key members of the Christchurch sporting community, as well as developing the Stage One scope in 2015.  Beca’s John van Cingel is the Design Manager, with Dion Gosling leading the architecture team with his considerable experience as Sports Architect and athlete (ex- Black Sticks, Athens Olympian and Commonwealth Silver medalist).

Further information

Stage One Masterplan Concept Design Report

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