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Wellington Rugby prepares plans to redevelop Athletic Park
WCC and sports codes begin planning multi-purpose stadium on Basin Reserve.
Porirua supporters promote Aotea as stadium site.
February 1994. Government agrees to make railyard site available and planning focus moves there. Petition to support the railyards is circulated.
June 1994. Feasibility study says 41,000 seat stadium will cost $70m.
August 1994. Sir Wilson Whineray assesses regional options and opts for railyard as best site ahead of Porirua (Aotea) and Lower Hutt (Fraser Park).
July 1995. Wellington City Council agrees to $15m loan as base funding.
August 1995. Wellington Regional Council poll shows 75% support across region for ratepayer funding. Council gives conditional approval for $25m loan.
December 1995. Naming rights sold to Westpac, corporate box sales commence.
New Zealand Lottery Grants Board awards $4 million grant
February 1996. Community Trust of Wellington awards $3 million grant
July 1996. First resource consent application fails in face of residents’ opposition. Planning begins on more expensive model to accommodate design change requirements.
November 1996. New plans unveiled.
March 1997. New proposal gets resource consent.
August 1997. Fletcher Construction wins contract.
October 1997. Membership sales commence (2500 to sell to raise $30m capital).
12 March 1998. Tapu lifted on ground – construction commences.
June 1998. The first long raker beam to support seating units was lifted into place. The following month the first concrete seating unit was placed.
November 1998. Fletchers lifted the first roof section into place, and wall cladding started in December.
October 1998. First roof segment in place.
April 1999. Cricket block was laid. Circle of concrete seating sections was closed.
May 1999. Cricket pitch mowed for first time.
June 1999. Roof completed.
Staff recruited – trained at Te Ati Kimihia.
Work started on laying outfield.
November 1999. Stadium Trust offices opened and occupied.
17 December 1999. Stadium given Code of Compliance certificate by Wellington City Council.
Project completed and handed over to Stadium Trust after 21 months of construction, two weeks ahead of schedule. Project is within budget.
3 January 2000. Official opening by Governor General.
BUILDING THE STADIUM
Design Managers and Main Contractors: Fletcher Construction Ltd
Architects: Architecture Warren & Mahoney Ltd, Bligh Lobb Sports Architecture
Project Managers: Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner Ltd
The Wellington Regional Stadium Trust would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals for their vital funding support which helped make the Stadium a reality:
Wellington Regional Council and Wellington regional ratepayers
Wellington City Council and Wellington city ratepayers
New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
The Community Trust of Wellington
Deloitte Club Members
Stadium Corporate Box Holders
- The Stadium is one of the biggest pre-cast concrete construction jobs undertaken in New Zealand using 4,000 lightweight concrete units cast in Otaki and New Plymouth and trucked to Wellington.
- It is the most 'craned' construction job ever undertaken by Fletchers - more even than the big hydro construction projects in the South Island.
- The lightweight concrete used is 20% to 30% lighter than ordinary concrete. The largest units still weighed up to 35 tonnes.
- The project employed 250 construction staff on site and a further 230 off site.
- About 18,000 cubic metres (5000 truck loads) of concrete were used in total.
- Also used were 1590 tonnes of structural steel, 2700 tonnes of reinforcing steel and 250,000 concrete blocks.
- Construction crews installed 3.5 kilometres of fencing, barriers and handrails.
- Electricians installed 4.9 kilometres of electrical cabling.
- The Stadium has no posts or poles to obstruct the view and every seat is angled to look toward the middle.
- The roof has an aerofoil vane on the leading edge to help hold the roof in place and calm and filter the wind on the arena surface.
- The number of toilets far exceeds the building code.
- The building "footprint" covers almost 1.8 hectares.
- The grassed oval itself covers 16,162 square metres.
- Night events are lit by 392, 2000 watt globes mounted in four lighting towers.
- The Stadium cost $130 million to build. The finance came from:
- Wellington Regional Council: 25$M
- Wellington City Council: 15$M
- Grants and Donations: 7$M
- Fundraising: 50$M
- ANZ Bank Loan: 33$M