Sports Centre Projects Heating Up In Hawke's Bay

A surge in sport centre construction activity in Hawke’s Bay is keeping Apollo Project’s newest base very busy, and the company’s first projects are tipped to be game-changers for the region.

Work on a new Olympic-sized indoor pool complex is now well underway in Hastings that will complete the full sporting experience at Mitre 10 Park: the venue is already home to multi-sport indoor training facilities for netball, basketball, and volleyball as well as outdoor sports fields. An indoor court extension has also started at Taradale’s Pettigrew Green Arena which will make it one of the largest indoor sports centres in the country. Meanwhile, a new aquatic facility in Gisborne will provide an exciting new venue for locals to exercise and relax all year round.

These aren’t the first projects to bring Apollo into the region, but with the construction dial turned up, it was time for the team to put down permanent roots, which is exactly what it did in March this year.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Manager Steve Bailey says it’s been a very exciting and busy time for the team.

“The setup in Hawke’s Bay has been going incredibly well. We have three fantastic projects underway, but more importantly, we’ve built a really great team in the region to deliver these facilities and many more in the future.”

Steve is joined by Construction Project Managers, Brent King and Dan Douglas; Project Coordinator Caitlin-Rose Barker; Senior Site Manager Nick McCann; Senior Project Manager Steve Meek; Project Manager Mark Wilson; and Site Manager Dan Hoskins.

The team are primed to service projects across Hawke’s Bay, Poverty Bay, Taupō, Manawatu, and Wairarapa using local sub-contractors to bring their clients’ buildings to life.

Concrete has been poured on Hastings’ new aquatic centre, its roof has been installed and the learn-to-swim pool walls are in. The facility is on track to open its doors in June next year.

Meanwhile in Taradale, the team have been completing groundworks, ready for vertical construction to start on bringing Pettigrew Green Arena’s indoor court total to nine.

Gisborne District Council have also contracted Apollo to deliver a new indoor aquatic complex that will feature lap, leisure, toddler’s, and learn-to-swim/hydrotherapy pools. The project is now in the early stages, with ground remediation nearing completion.

Although COVID-19 restrictions have continued to impact the construction industry, Steve says this shouldn’t stop people from pursuing their building ambitions.

“The current global constraints are a challenge, but if you have your sights set on a new project, just make sure to plan ahead and procure early. It is a challenge, but it shouldn’t deter you from making your plans a reality.”

“We’re looking forward to working with everyone throughout the warmer summer months to push these fantastic projects forward,” he says.

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