He Puna Taimoana Hot Pools
Developed by Development Christchurch Limited and run by Christchurch City Council, Apollo was engaged to build the aquatics facility and completed it in just under twelve months. The complex boasts five hot saltwater pools, a cold-water plunge pool, steam and sauna rooms, changing and toilet facilities, naturally lit reception and cafe areas, and First Aid and staff facilities. The landscaping, both internal and external, has been designed to bring harmony to the complex and provide a user-friendly space. The pools are all different shapes and sizes, ranging in temperature from 12C to 40C.
Apollo became involved with the project at the Tender stage and worked with DCL using value engineering to reduce costs and enhance the project's buildability. Because of the small site, sandy substrate, and exposure to weather, it was best to programme the build into phases. This allowed Apollo to manage any issues and co-ordinate planning with all sub-contractors. Every detail was planned carefully and, thanks to regular and effective communication with all parties, especially DCL and architect, Andrew Watson, the project has been a success.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tūāhuririri and Matapopore gifted the New Brighton hot pools their name, He Puna Taimoana, meaning "seaside pools".