Hot pools an exciting step forward
““Apollo believes that the hot pools will be a valuable asset to the community and will play an important role in the overall regeneration of the area.””
It was a full house for Christchurch’s new hot pools development, He Puna Taimoana, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend with the eagerly-anticipated amenity booked out for its opening day.
The pools’ facility on the New Brighton foreshore is set to become a major new attraction for the city and a key contributor to New Brighton’s regeneration. It includes five hot pools ranging in temperature (12degC to 40degC) and activity type, a 12degC cold water plunge pool, steam and sauna facilities, change room facilities, showers, toilets, a reception and first aid area, dedicated family and relaxation areas and a cafe.
Landscaping to the north and south ties the development into Marine Parade.
One of New Zealand’s most experienced design and construction companies, Apollo Projects, led the build and worked closely with Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) and the client engaged design team to provide value engineering and practical build solutions in line with the environment and project parameters.
The hot pools development is part of a wider regeneration project for New Brighton, focused on transforming the beachside suburb into a leisure and recreation destination.
The project also includes the Beachside Playground (opened December 2017) and other local revitalisation ventures. The idea of establishing a hot pools complex has long been supported by the community; DCL, Christchurch’s development agency, has been working with community groups on the pools’ plan since mid-2017.
Now the family friendly facility envisioned by the New Brighton community, designed for seaside leisure and recreation, is finished.
Durable materials selected for the hot pools facility will ensure it stands up well to the coastal environment, which has strongly informed the design by award winning architect Andrew Watson. Terraced and fenced, He Puna Taimoana blends in with the dune environment and is well-sheltered from the prevailing winds.
Construction began in late March 2019, with Apollo maintaining close communication with all consultants and the client at every step.
“They were all very involved in the project,” says Keeva Irving, Apollo Projects’ Projects Manager. “Given the multiple works happening, there was regular high-level, effective communication between all parties.”
A sandy site, exposed to the weather and a tight workspace were challenging aspects of this build. Working in planned phases, Apollo moved into the final landscaping phase in December. Good planning enabled the project to proceed smoothly.
“We forecasted and programmed the build with consideration to the seasons and weather to minimise any associated impacts on the construction work. This was organised with all contractors.”
For the Apollo Projects team, this unique, challenging project has been both fulfilling and rewarding.
“Apollo believes that the hot pools will be a valuable asset to the community and will play an important role in the overall regeneration of the area.”
The hot pools development has been a real community project, with the Pier and Foreshore Society having supported it right from the outset.
The society has worked hard raising funds for the pools and presented a donation of $15,000 to DCL.
Christchurch City Council has provided funding of $19.2 million to the hot pools and related projects to support New Brighton’s regeneration.
Apollo Projects was the right choice to deliver an aquatic facility such as this, requiring specialised experience and expertise to deliver the project to the design whilst meeting the programme and budget expectations.
The company is proud to have been able to apply its expertise to He Puna Taimoana, as well as other Christchurch City Council projects including the Norman Kirk Memorial Pool, Scarborough Splash Pad, and the award winning Taiora: QEII Sport and Recreation Centre. Apollo looks forward to working together with the City Council again on future projects.
For Apollo, a client’s trust is everything: building strong relationships is fundamental to its success in project delivery.
The company is able to offer a full turn-key solution, managing the design and construction of each project, from concept to completion.
Apollo has more than 40 professional project delivery and support staff across New Zealand and regularly works with major national companies as well as private owner-operated businesses, sports organisations and local and central government.