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# 238198 6-Jul-2018 14:31
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On 27 April there was a story in The Press which stated that the ground improvement works involving thousands of stone columns would start within 10 weeks. Today is exactly 10 weeks on from that date & I can tell you this is another missed date in the long saga of the Metro Sports Facility site. Not only is there no sign of diggers or equipment to put in these stone (gravel) columns, there is no sign of anything happening!

 

They have managed to develop about  80-100 temporary car parks on the South side of the site. This area has been done in gravel with a tractor back blade & a roller & looks quite tidy. These are intended for hospital staff or hospital visitors however anyone can use them. They appear to be free unless I missed seeing a pay machine.

 

The main change to the site is that a fence has been opened up on the Western side & anyone can just wander in take photos, look at the bird life, etc.  When I was there today there quite a few wading seabirds and four paradise ducks. I managed to get quite close to the ducks before they took flight!

 

As can be seen from the photos there is a lot of water on the site - so there is a lot of work to be done. The sea birds and the ducks obviously think it is the 'City Centre Wetlands', and who could argue with them.

 

P.S. The photos were taken with my Nokia 5, & I used one of the stock filters to brighten them up a bit.

 

 

 


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  # 2073863 15-Aug-2018 12:56
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Metro Sports Facility would have to be most delayed project in Christchurch if not the whole of NZ!  Last we heard from Otakaro was an article saying that the contractor would be working through August to put in test stone columns and then this work would ramp up from September onwards.  Today is the 15th of August and there is no sign of this work happening - there is no sign of any new equipment on site either.

 

At the end of April there was a story in The Press saying this work would start within 10 weeks. Well, today makes it 14 weeks & nothing happening yet.

 

This delay is starting to make me wonder if there is a problem with securing the main contractor for the actual building.  Why start doing the stone columns work if the main contractor is not confirmed?

 

So, 7.5 years on from the quake that destroyed QEII there is no progress to be seen on its real replacement.  How long did it take to build Hong Kong International Airport?  What an incredible farce this Metro project has been from the very start...


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  # 2073866 15-Aug-2018 13:07
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Soon they won't be allowed to build there, because of disruption to wildlife and natural habitats.





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  # 2073868 15-Aug-2018 13:13
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amiga500:

 

Metro Sports Facility would have to be most delayed project in Christchurch if not the whole of NZ!  Last we heard from Otakaro was an article saying that the contractor would be working through August to put in test stone columns and then this work would ramp up from September onwards.  Today is the 15th of August and there is no sign of this work happening - there is no sign of any new equipment on site either.

 

At the end of April there was a story in The Press saying this work would start within 10 weeks. Well, today makes it 14 weeks & nothing happening yet.

 

This delay is starting to make me wonder if there is a problem with securing the main contractor for the actual building.  Why start doing the stone columns work if the main contractor is not confirmed?

 

So, 7.5 years on from the quake that destroyed QEII there is no progress to be seen on its real replacement.  How long did it take to build Hong Kong International Airport?  What an incredible farce this Metro project has been from the very start...

 

 

Sounds like there is no funding, or no adequate funding for the job. HK has double or even more the money. there are billions of dollars of foreign investment, NZ has cows and house shortage.

 

it's complex problem and not council, government not willing to build the facilities. There's no money.





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  # 2073953 15-Aug-2018 15:31
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'The airport increased the land area of Hong Kong by 1%. The airport opened for business in July 1998 having taken just six years to build.'

 

And just down the road from the Metro Sports abomination of a  site, the New World supermarket complex is well on its way having taken just months to have concrete poured and lots of steel girders in place...

 

 




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  # 2073955 15-Aug-2018 15:33
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MikeAqua:

 

Soon they won't be allowed to build there, because of disruption to wildlife and natural habitats.

 

 

Probably an appendix to the support and confidence agreement with the Greens?




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  # 2073958 15-Aug-2018 15:37
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kobiak:

 

amiga500:

 

Metro Sports Facility would have to be most delayed project in Christchurch if not the whole of NZ!  Last we heard from Otakaro was an article saying that the contractor would be working through August to put in test stone columns and then this work would ramp up from September onwards.  Today is the 15th of August and there is no sign of this work happening - there is no sign of any new equipment on site either.

 

At the end of April there was a story in The Press saying this work would start within 10 weeks. Well, today makes it 14 weeks & nothing happening yet.

 

This delay is starting to make me wonder if there is a problem with securing the main contractor for the actual building.  Why start doing the stone columns work if the main contractor is not confirmed?

 

So, 7.5 years on from the quake that destroyed QEII there is no progress to be seen on its real replacement.  How long did it take to build Hong Kong International Airport?  What an incredible farce this Metro project has been from the very start...

 

 

Sounds like there is no funding, or no adequate funding for the job. HK has double or even more the money. there are billions of dollars of foreign investment, NZ has cows and house shortage.

 

it's complex problem and not council, government not willing to build the facilities. There's no money.

 

 

You may well be right there's been a lot of bad news about the risk to contractors in tendering for major jobs. You don't have to be in the construction industry to work out that the Metro Sports Site is highly unusual and carries a lot of risk.

 

 




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  # 2074495 16-Aug-2018 14:19
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https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/middayreport/audio/2018658362/midday-news-for-16-august-2018

 

RNZ had an item about this on the midday-news.  Latest from the Minister's Office and Otakaro is that the work will be underway by the end of the month. In other words the first truck with some equipment will arrive around 30 th August, maybe...


 
 
 
 




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  # 2081882 31-Aug-2018 13:29
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amiga500:

 

https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/middayreport/audio/2018658362/midday-news-for-16-august-2018

 

RNZ had an item about this on the midday-news.  Latest from the Minister's Office and Otakaro is that the work will be underway by the end of the month. In other words the first truck with some equipment will arrive around 30 th August, maybe...

 

 

Well, I was nearly right. As at 31 August they have a big crane on site, a large digger, a portacom, & other gear.  Looks like they are setting up the crane for use and starting to move some gravel.  In other words ground works more or less starting within 16 weeks instead of the within 10 weeks as stated by the Minister.  Just another 6 weeks delay.


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  # 2081909 31-Aug-2018 14:25
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amiga500:

 

amiga500:

 

https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/middayreport/audio/2018658362/midday-news-for-16-august-2018

 

RNZ had an item about this on the midday-news.  Latest from the Minister's Office and Otakaro is that the work will be underway by the end of the month. In other words the first truck with some equipment will arrive around 30 th August, maybe...

 

 

Well, I was nearly right. As at 31 August they have a big crane on site, a large digger, a portacom, & other gear.  Looks like they are setting up the crane for use and starting to move some gravel.  In other words ground works more or less starting within 16 weeks instead of the within 10 weeks as stated by the Minister.  Just another 6 weeks delay.

 

 

I'll take a 6 week delay if it means something is finally happening. After 7 years the patience is running thin...




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  # 2082072 31-Aug-2018 20:55
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Oblivian:

 

Timely.

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/106730165/its-finally-happening--christchurchs-metro-sports-facility-build-starts 

 

 

Well it's good to see it's finally underway.  As for securing a main contractor the expression 'strong interest' can either mean a lot or nothing. I seem to remember that the receiver for Dick Smith said there were 'strong expressions of interest' in taking over that business & we all know what happened with DSE in the end.




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  # 2113280 24-Oct-2018 16:42
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Quote from Otakaro: 'From late September, contractors would be "flat out" with four cranes on site until ground work was completed.'

 

As of today I could only see one crane - I think they are still doing tests.  So yet another delay.  There was definitely only one crane in an up-right state, maybe there are more behind the fence.




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  # 2173669 5-Feb-2019 19:57
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This is a recent photo of the groundworks at the Metro Sports Facility.   Four cranes in operation every time I go by there so things are moving at last.   If you look on Youtube, there are videos on how this ground improvement is done, but in a nutshell the crappy soft swampy soil is being replaced with about 7500 compacted gravel columns.   Construction is due to start later this year once a contractor is finalised.

 

Of course if there had not been years of incompetence and inaction, this new facility could have been re-built on the QEII site or out near the airport.

 

Most of the advantages of having the Commonwealth Games at the QEII site also benefited major swimming and athletics events for the next thirty five years.  Oh, well at least they didn't decide to reclaim land next to the New Brighton pier so it could be worse I guess!

 


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  # 2173694 5-Feb-2019 21:03
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And you thought the new Airport Hotel was the slowest project in Christchurch :-)




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  # 2173783 6-Feb-2019 06:48
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Imagine if a private company had been given the choice of building on this site, almost certainly the worst land in the whole of central Christchurch, or perfect land near the airport, or even at the old QEII site.   Would any board of directors have chosen the present Metro Sports Site if they had to pay for the land remediation themselves?   

 

Thanks to the gross incompetence of central government and the CCC, and years of stalemate, what could have been up and running by early 2016 has barely started.


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