Earthworks to begin on Metro Sports Facility site

December 2016

Land remediation work is about to get underway on the Metro Sports Facility site.

Ōtākaro Limited is preparing the 70,000m2 site ahead of main construction work beginning in winter 2017.

The Metro Sports Facility will be the largest aquatic and indoor recreation and leisure venue of its kind in New Zealand. It will be accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

“The Metro Sports Facility will be a great new community asset for people eager to be healthy and active, so it seems fitting to improve the health of the land as well,” says Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive Albert Brantley.

Protranz Earthmoving Ltd. is carrying out the work and will be adhering to strict health and safety requirements including dust control methods and air monitoring during this process.

Work to create a new entrance to the western end of Balfour Terrace from Stewart Street will be completed early in the new year and this will be followed by the permanent closure of the remainder of Balfour Terrace and Horatio Street which currently run though the site.

The Metro Sports Facility will include a 50 metre, 10-lane competition swimming pool and a separate diving pool, large aquatic leisure area, five hydroslides, fitness spaces and nine indoor courts for sports such as netball and basketball. It will be a venue that will grow participation in sport and recreation in Canterbury and provide facilities to support athlete high-performance.