Arena designs

Arena designs offer an exciting glimpse into the future

Four preliminary design images for the Canterbury Multipurpose Arena give people an exciting glimpse of what the future holds in central Christchurch.

Designed by Christchurch Architects Warren & Mahoney and international stadium design experts Populous, the four design images provide an external view of how the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena (CMUA) will fit into the site and an illustration more detailed internal of the stands during a sporting event.

CMUA Project Delivery Ltd board chairman Barry Bragg said the preliminary designs, developed by the Kōtui consortium, provide the most accurate picture yet of what the installation will look like when complete. .

“These designs crystallize our vision for CMUA to be the most modern and responsive arena for the country – a facility that leads the way in terms of innovation and sustainability.”

CMUA will occupy a large part of the central Christchurch site bordered by Hereford, Barbadoes, Tuam and Madras streets. With 232 meters long, 195 meters wide and 36 meters high at its highest point, the arena will have a capacity of 30,000 seats for sporting events and up to 37,800 in concert mode.

“We know people are really excited about having an indoor arena in the heart of the city and we hope these preliminary designs will capture people’s imaginations and give them a glimpse of what to expect.

“We are on track to provide Christchurch with a world class indoor arena with high quality acoustics capable of hosting the best international music concerts as well as major international sporting events,” said Mr. Bragg.

CMUA designs have developed significantly from 2019 concepts to reflect seismic requirements and
to improve turf health, fan experience, multi-use functionality, and to maximize sunlight and minimize noise impacts to neighboring properties.

Because the roof is to be a single span of 175 meters by 210 meters across the terrain, the architects opted for an oculus style roof which was designed as an independent structure to increase its strength. The shape of the dome provides additional rigidity to the roof diaphragm.

The preliminary designs are the first images to be released since the project’s investment case was completed and first approved in late 2019.

Advisors will meet to approve the entire preliminary design package in January, with the developed design expected to be completed by April. The board will then decide whether or not to approve the design and build contract in mid-2022.

At Thursday’s Council meeting, elected members will receive the CMUA Project Completion Committee’s Statement of Intent, Insurance Management Plan, and be given a gifted name for the CMUA precinct.

The statement shows how the board plans to deliver the world-class arena by June 30, 2025 and outlines key actions in 10 areas critical to the arena’s success and delivery.

The Board also undertakes to present quarterly reports to the Board on its performance targets and to ensure a strong three-way partnership between the Board, the Board and Venues ÅŒtautahi.

The assurance management plan describes the plans and processes in place at five levels – from the project delivery team to the Crown – to ensure that the project is able to identify and respond to risks quickly and effectively.

On Thursday, the Council will also consider accepting the name “Te Kaharoa”, which Ngāi Tūāhuriri offered to the entire land block that holds CMUA. Te Kaharoa means “enduring strength”.

If the name is accepted, it will apply to the entire enclosure bordered by Barbadoes, Tuam, Madras and Hereford streets. As the name is for the field, this would not limit future conversations with potential sponsors seeking naming rights for CMUA.

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