Metro Sports Facility, Taiwhanga Rehia, will be the largest aquatic and indoor recreation and leisure venue of its kind in New Zealand, accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan identified the need for a world-class venue and centre of sporting excellence, accessible to people of all ages, abilities and sporting skills.
The Metro Sports Facility will provide an aquatic and indoor recreation and sport facility catering for the day-to-day needs of the leisure, sporting, recreational, education and high performance sporting communities in Canterbury.
The complex will be well equipped to host local, national and international events.
The Metro Sports Facility will sit within the block encompassing Moorhouse Avenue, Stewart Street, St Asaph Street and Antigua Street. It will be easy to get to by public transport, private vehicles and the new walking and cycling links through the central city.
As part of the early contractor involvement process, Leighs Cockram Joint Venture Ltd. was selected in August 2016 to assist with the next phase of design. They are providing their specialist knowledge of construction methods, cost management and health and safety to the project.
In September 2016 Ōtākaro Limited and the Christchurch City Council released preliminary design images of the facility. Read the press release (external link) . These images show the look, size and complexity of the Anchor Project, although there will be further refinements.
Early site works on the Metro Sports Facility begin in October 2016. Design work will be completed during this early work to allow construction to start in Q2 2017.
Construction of the facility will be managed by Ōtākaro Limited, and construction will be jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, with the Council being the operator of the facility after completion early in 2020.