Wednesday 4 February 2015
The countdown is now on until the EA Networks Centre is officially 'handed over' to Council from construction company, Naylor Love, with the last of the impressive facility's infrastructure now being carried out.
When driving passed the EA Networks Centre on River Terrace, you will probably have seen construction action taking place and the look of a building that is getting closer and closer to being completed.
On the interior, all four of the stadium's courts are now marked up (markings for basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton, futsal and tennis), with the sponsors' logos now positioned on the centre circles.
Seating has been installed around the stadium and pools, with each zone containing 320 spectator seats.
Flooring containing the latest anti-slip technology has been laid around each of the four pools (25m competition pool, leisure pool, warm water learn to swim pool and a warm water programme pool) with tiling and ladders now also in place.
Last touches are being done to the spa, sauna and changing rooms at present (womens, mens and family rooms), including the installation of the toilets, showers and basins. Lockers are being positioned outside a number of the change areas.
The plant room which controls the pumps, air conditioning units, filters and chemical systems is nearing completion as is the chlorine production unit which enables the Centre to produce its own chlorine on site.
On the exterior, the car park containing 180 car spaces has been finished, as has the entrance road leading down from River Terrace – which will form the main entrance for patrons.
For the next few months the focus of activity will be the two exterior courts, IT requirements, office and reception area fit outs, café completion (whose tenant is yet to be confirmed), gym fit out (including dedicated group exercise and spin rooms) and setting up the retail space around the reception area.
Once the doors open in the middle of this year, it certainly will be an outstanding recreational and sporting addition for our district's residents and visitors alike.
Friday 5 December 2014
The sprung floor in the stadium is being laid this month and progress is going well in the pool area. The main pool is having the surround tiles placed and the steam room is being tiled at present too.
The vinyl in the change areas has been completed and the public toilets will have flooring soon.
The sports house and gym were recently carpeted, seat framing in the stadium is just about finished, and the lazy river is taking shape. All is on track to have water going into the pools in January to enable the commissioning of the pumps and other equipment.
Work on the outdoor courts will start in early 2015 which means relocating the builders' sheds and offices onto the completed car park area.
Once the building is completed the next phase for Council is to get the complex's fittings and fixtures in place to ensure efficiency and a high level of service can be delivered. This includes the installation of specialist technology items, software and integration with Council's network, as well as furniture and equipment.
There is also quite a bit of work to be carried out with water quality, pumps, temperature control and fine tuning the operating systems to make sure everything runs smoothly right from the very beginning.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The EA Network Centre project reached another milestone in August, with its stadium roof now completed.
Council Commercial Manager John Rooney says the project is progressing well and on schedule for completion in mid-2015.
The EA Networks Centre will provide Ashburton District with a first-class indoor swimming and sports facility, featuring a ten-lane 25 metre competition pool, leisure pool, warm water learn-to-swim pool and a warm water programme pool.
The indoor stadium features four competition sized courts, spectator seating, a fitness centre and a sports house providing administration space for local sports organisations.
"We know everyone is anxious to get in and start enjoying the Centre and we will work with our contractors throughout the way to ensure that we can have it open as soon possible," said Mr Rooney.
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