Menard Oceania and March Construction Prepare Groundworks for New Zealand’s Largest Aquatic & Indoor Leisure Centre to be Built in Christchurch

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SYDNEY, Australia – 18 October 2018 –  Ground preparation work to prepare Christchurch’s new Metro Sports Centre is now well and truly underway.

Menard Oceania in partnership with March Construction, a New Zealand based sister company, is undertaking site preparation in addition to design and construct work as part of the anti-liquefaction Ground Improvement required to prepare the Metro Sports Facility site before construction commences.

Otakaro, which is delivering the Crown-led anchor projects in central Christchurch, is responsible for managing the design and construction of the Metro Sports Facility. When built, the Metro Sports Centre Facility is expected to be the largest aquatic and indoor recreation and leisure venue in New Zealand. At more than 30,000 sq m, the facility will feature a 50 metre, 10-lane competition swimming pool and a separate diving pool, five hydroslides, fitness spaces and nine indoor courts.

Menard Oceania broke ground on the project last month and is now focused on completing the initial three month design and procurement period, during which its team of geo technical engineers will perform trial works on site.

Philippe Vincent, Managing Director at Menard Oceania comments, “The trial works taking place at site by Menard and March are critically important to the overall success of the project. We are validating the correct Stone Column installation methodology needed to meet minimum properties assumed in the original foundation design.”

Once this initial trial phase is completed in October, production is expected to take approximately six months, from start to finish.   The Menard March Joint Venture will use up to four vibroflots to install a network of 8000 in ground stone columns over most of the site footprint. The main purpose of vibrocompacted stone columns is to create a composite material made of both improved insitu soils with increased density and vertical semi-rigid stone column inclusions.

Menard and March expect to have the work completed by the end of March 2019.


Menard Oceania maintains an exceptional 45-year history in Australia offering design and construction geotechnical experience. Providing cost effective ground improvement solutions for some of Australia’s mid-to-large infrastructure and construction projects. Its recent completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade, Optus Stadium (Perth) and Melbourne’s Webb Dock Project are Menard’s largest CMC projects in Australia.

Menard Oceania is a part of Soletanche Freyssinet, a group of world leaders in soil, structural and nuclear engineering. This relationship further strengthens Menard’s ability to manage complex integrated problems and continue as the leader and pioneer of specialist geotechnical contracting.

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