New Zealand Construction News published an article by Menard’s Andrew Vencer on the design and construction of the ground improvement solution for Christchurch’s new Metro Sport Facility.

“It would be an understatement to say that the Christchurch earthquake created a series of major headaches for those tasked with the monumental challenge of rebuilding the city. But it also presented an opportunity to utilise new technology and systems and build iconic structures like the new Metro Sports Facility.”

Menard Oceania, global experts in geotechnical contracting… were appointed… by Otakaro in August 2018. Otakaro is tasked with delivering all Crown-led anchor projects in central Christchurch and is responsible for managing the design and construction of the Metro Sports Facility project.

When completed, the Metro Sports Facility will be the largest aquatic, indoor recreation and leisure venue in New Zealand with a 50 m, 10-lane competition swimming pool, a separate diving pool, five hydro slides, fitness spaces and nine indoor sports courts.

The article covers:

  • Laying the groundwork
  • Choosing a robust method
  • Trialling the stone columns
  • Challenges faced along the way
  • Making the project work
  • Creating a stable foundation

For the real story of the design and construction process refer news article HERE.

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