Christchurch councillors vote to scale back dimension capability of recent stadium

The last building left on the site, the NG building

2021-07-22 09:47:59

Christchurch metropolis councillors have voted to scale back the capability of its new stadium, in a bid to cease ballooning prices.

The last building left on the site, the NG building

The location of the Christchurch stadium.
Photograph: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

The preliminary plan was for the indoor stadium to have 30,000 seats, however councillors voted this afternoon to scale back it to 25,000 seats.

It got here after the group behind the undertaking estimated that conserving the unique design would imply an $88 million funds blow-out.

Officers say it’s due to adjustments from the preliminary enterprise case for the stadium, the rising value of metal and rising transport prices.

The funds stands at $473m, of which $220m in funding is from the Crown.

New Zealand Rugby had earlier warned the council that lowering the indoor stadium dimension to 25,000 would make the world too small for main worldwide rugby video games – until a considerable incentive price was on supply.

Murray Robust, who was chairperson of the board of the CMUA (Canterbury Multi-Use Area) Venture Supply Firm, resigned on Friday.

In a press release, council chief govt Daybreak Baxendale mentioned the council will appoint a brand new chairperson of the board as soon as the assessment of the undertaking’s governance wants has been accomplished.

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