Our city’s athletics community making the most of their new home at Ngā Puna Wai. More than 1,000 students competed as part of the Canterbury Intermediate Schools Athletics Finals earlier this month, with a further 1,000 participants and spectators present for the 3 Primary School Athletics Sports.
The hockey turfs are now complete and hosting Hockey High Performance trainings three nights/week. Earlier this month, visitors to the 2018 New Zealand Agricultural Show were treated to a spot of sunny weather and a chance to view the site progress with extensive car parking and show access across the site.
While this wet spring weather has been good for the grass, recent adverse weather conditions have resulted in some project delays. The specialised surfacing and throw zones grass planting on the Athletics Practice Area will now occur in mid–December with a revised handover at the end of January 2019.
The wet weather is also hampering the construction of our rugby league pitches delaying the installation of the drainage and irrigations systems on the sand–based turfs. The project team has however been able to shape and topsoil the adjacent spectator embankments as well as make significant progress on the Rugby League Covered Seating installing the bleachers and roof canopy.
The gravel tennis earthworks platform that we constructed over winter using material from the demolished Lancaster Park Tui Stand has allowed the team to make significant progress on the tennis fencing despite the wet weather.
We’ve completed the roofing of for the Hub building and have almost finished the internal fit–out. External scaffolding has been removed and landscaping works are due to commence around the Hub Building Plaza with a range of native plants and grasses complementing the architectural look and feel of the building.