First look at the design of the $ 533 million Christchurch stadium

This image shows the stadium's bowl-style seating arrangement.  The seats in the lower left of this image can be removed to build a concert stage.

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This image shows the stadium’s bowl-style seating arrangement. The seats in the lower left of this image can be removed to build a concert stage.

New images show the design of the planned half-billion-dollar, 30,000-seat stadium in Christchurch – and the council is confident it can be built on budget.

The images show the preliminary design which has been worked on throughout 2021.

The project team only has to verify the costs and identify the risks associated with the design, which should be done by the end of the year.

Christchurch City Council Project Manager Alistair Pearson said Thing the design team was aware of the $ 533 million budget and intended to stick to it.

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“We are confident,” he said. “The word ‘rash’ should not appear. “

“I have no doubts that we will stay on budget for the construction of the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena (CMUA), provided there are no other significant increases in the price of steel and shipping, or supply chain disruptions. “

Unlike the previous images of simple concepts, the structure of the new images is unlikely to change much in the future. The next design phase will be the finalization of smaller details within the structure itself.

This image shows how the EFTE plastic roof covers the north end of the structure, allowing sunlight to penetrate the grass.

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This image shows how the EFTE plastic roof covers the north end of the structure, allowing sunlight to penetrate the grass.

The final draft is expected to be presented to city councilors at a meeting in January.

Other important decisions regarding the projects will be made by the advisers this month.

These include authorizing some early work on site, signing a document clearly explaining the role of the governance board and deciding whether or not to accept a Maori name for the stadium field.

The stadium is scheduled to open in June 2025.

The preliminary design was delayed in July this year, when the design went over budget by $ 88.8 million.

The stadium is expected to open in June 2025. It will be able to accommodate 30,000 people for sporting events, but can accommodate up to 37,800 people for concerts.

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The stadium is expected to open in June 2025. It will be able to accommodate 30,000 people for sporting events, but can accommodate up to 37,800 people for concerts.

At the time, city councilors initially decided to reduce the number of seats to 25,000, but then agreed to go for 30,000 seats and increase the budget by $ 50 million to accommodate it.

In the current preliminary design, which has 30,000 seats, the stadium structure will be 232 meters long, 195 meters wide and 36 meters at its highest point.

A transparent ETFE plastic roof dominates the northern end of the land, with a solid roof on the southern end.

The rugby field will be oriented north-south.

The west stand is intended to contain corporate lodges, a conference room and high-end general space.

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Christchurch City Council approved plans for a 30,000-seat stadium after councilors bowed to public pressure.

Thirty-two catering points are planned throughout the stadium.

Some seats at the north end will be temporary – and can be removed to reveal a large concrete slab, where concerts will be held.

Two large rolling doors at this end of the stadium will allow material trucks to access the concert area.

A maximum of 37,800 people should be able to attend the concerts.

Once the preliminary design is approved, which is expected in January, the project’s contractor – a consortium of local businesses and international stadium experts – will move to a developed design stage.

The preliminary design itself is largely complete and the project team is just checking the costs and identifying the risks.

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The preliminary design itself is largely complete and the project team is just checking the costs and identifying the risks.

This developed design is expected to be approved by city councilors in April, paving the way for the signing of the final construction contract in July, when construction will begin.

Meanwhile, the land surrounding the stadium was given the name “Te Kaharoa” by Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

The name means ‘enduring force’ and the advisers will meet next week to decide whether or not to accept it.

The name is only for the land bordered by Madras, Hereford, Barbadoes and Tuam St, on which the stadium is being built.

The stadium itself may still be given a trade name at a later date.

Ngāi Tūāhuriri offered the name "Te Kaharoa ”for this pitch - bordered by Madras, Hereford, Barbadoes and Tuam St, where the stadium will be built.

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Ngāi Tūāhuriri gave the name “Te Kaharoa” to this land – bordered by Madras, Hereford, Barbadoes and Tuam St, where the stadium will be built.

Next week, councilors will also be asked to sign a document that better describes the roles of the project’s independent governance board, board and event company Venues Ōtautahi, which will operate the stadium when it opens.

The review of this document was recommended as part of an earlier project governance review, which found that the board lacked clarity on its role and responsibilities.

The review took place shortly after three resignations from the board.

Councilors will also be asked this month to approve some early construction work.

This work will include decontamination and remediation of the land, as well as initial investigations of the particular materials that will be needed, such as steel and the ETFE roof.

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