The Crown and Council are committed to fast-tracking the process of designing and building the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena and are streamlining the approvals process.

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Canterbury Multi-Use Arena Project logo

Geotechnical investigations have been underway on the arena site since late 2018 and were completed in mid-2021.

The investment case has been approved and a formal funding agreement is in place.

Detailed design for the new arena is under way, as the Kōtui consortium works through the project's design phase. 

Led by Australian-based stadium construction experts, BESIX Watpac, Kōtui includes Christchurch-based construction companies Southbase Construction and Fulton Hogan, local seismic engineering specialists Lewis Bradford, Christchurch architects Warren and Mahoney, and global stadium design experts Populous and Mott MacDonald.

Onsite enabling works are well advanced, with construction expected to start in 2022.

The arena is expected to open at the end of 2024.

In May 2020, Murray Strong was announced as the chair of the Council-owned company that will project-manage the arena build. Mr Strong has been involved with several rebuild projects and chaired steering groups for the Metro Sports Facility, the bus interchange, and Te Pae.

Timeline

2018

Geotechnical investigations begin.

2020

Murray Strong appointed as chair of the Council-owned company that will project-manage the build.

On-site enabling works begin.

2021

Kōtui consortium announced as the successful tenderer for the CMUA design and construction.

Concept design scheduled to be verified by July 2021

Preliminary design scheduled to be verified by October 2021

2022

Developed design scheduled to be verified by February 2022.

Construction scheduled to begin.

2024

The arena is expected to open at the end of 2024.