New Plymouth multi-sport community center plans to change to meet regional needs

The Pukekura Park Sports Field would be part of the Tukarikino Active Community Hub.

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The Pukekura Park Sports Field would be part of the Tukarikino Active Community Hub.

The project manager for the proposed New Plymouth multi-sport community center says plans for the $90 million complex continue to evolve.

Auckland-based project manager Steve Bramley said “a lot has changed” with the Tuparikino Active Community Hub project since New Plymouth District Council gave the green light to invest $40 million in the project. part of its long-term plan last year.

Sport Taranaki has been tasked with finding the remaining $50 million.

Collaborative work involving Sport Taranaki and up to 30 key stakeholders emphasizes the center providing well-being and working closely with the organisation’s Taranaki Different and Better programme, which emphasizes the shared governance, services and different sport groups working more closely together. .

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Planning for the center focused, Bramley said, on how it could improve sports and recreation, community fitness, education and employment outcomes, as well as attracting people. future sports tournaments for all ages.

“This is the best way to achieve a sustainable settlement and the provision of future leisure services,” he said.

Bramley said the project is also focused on co-design and co-investment with mana whenua and all partner groups, including the Western Institute of Technology.

A key element of this planning was to consider how best to integrate the established sports and recreation facilities with those planned for the Hub.

A draft plan of the proposed Tuparikino active community hub.

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A draft plan of the proposed Tuparikino active community hub.

This meant taking a ‘precinct’ view of the facilities around the planned racecourse site, which included the artificial turf on Hobson St, the New Plymouth Boys High School and Pukekura Park sports grounds and the existing TSB Stadium, as well as international standard hockey. facilities in Stratford.

Within this framework, the core of the project would be the proposed new covered stadium.

“Everything we do is backed by 30 years of financial modeling,” he said.

The original timelines had also changed with the construction of new artificial turf at the racecourse, now scheduled for the end of 2023 with the indoor hub, subject to funding, due to start in late 2024.

“You’re effectively looking at a two-year build from there,” he said.

Despite inflationary pressure, Bramley remained convinced that the costs were manageable.

“The reality is that from 2020, when this project was costed, until the time when we were looking to build in 2024, whichever way you look at it, you have a 20% cost increase, which is really real,” he said.

“We just have to keep looking very smart at what we’re doing and really make sure we’re delivering quality results that are effective.”

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