Thousands enjoy multi-purpose centre

Thousands enjoy multi-purpose centre
The main arena is equipped for sports events, trade shows and concerts, while the new northern extension is perfect for mid-scale corporate and community events.

Two years on from a major upgrade and strengthening project, Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre is proudly serving its civic function as the largest indoor multi-purpose events centre in the Nelson/Tasman region.
The centre’s surrounds in Rutherford Park have also been substantially improved and realigned to tie in with the refurbished centre and to improve access.
Since the ribbon was cut on the refurbished centre in April 2017, thousands of people have enjoyed various events there, ranging from sports games to music gigs.
The spacious main arena is ideally equipped for sports events, trade shows and concerts, while the elegant new northern extension is perfectly designed for mid-scale corporate and community events.
In April 2016, a major milestone for this project saw the completion of strengthening work on the main stadium, enabling Nelson Giants to resume home games at ‘The Hanger’, as it is affectionately known, for the start of that year’s basketball season.
Reaching that milestone was a real testament to the hard work and effort of the project’s lead contractor, Gibbons Construction.
The best and most cost-effective solutions were deployed throughout the upgrade and strengthening work and for the northern extension.
Opus served as project manager, with Gibbons Construction appointed lead contractor through a rigorous early contractor involvement process.
The centre had been forced to close in December 2013 after being identified as earthquake prone.
Today, it stands on firm ground that has been comprehensively stabilised using deep soil mixing and a network of ground-strengthening piles.

The Trafalgar Centre is Tasman’s largest multi-purpose spectator sports and events arena

The centre itself has been strengthened with structural steel beams and plates, while foundations were strengthened with steel reinforcing and boxing.
Thanks to the refurbishment and strengthening work, the centre has a solid and safe future as a leading regional sports and events hub.
Event highlights so far this year have included The Hollies in concert in February (culminating in two standing ovations) and a performing arts spectacular in May, Showquest Nelson, combining music, dance and drama from talented local school students. Spring is also shaping up to be a busy season at the centre. This September is expo month.
Art Expo Nelson 2019 featured more than 1000 artworks were be on show from eminent and emerging artists, from Nelson/Tasman and around the country.
A few weeks later, the focus will shift from art to science with the Cawthron Scitec Expo 2019.
Primary and secondary students from across the region have entered the expo event, tipped to be the top of the South’s biggest and best science fair.
“Our team put so much work into this project and we knew that achieving a positive result was imperative,” says Gibbons’ Construction Manager Richard Mabbott.
“From our perspective, it is fantastic to see this refurbished centre now operating as a vibrant platform for regional events.”
Gibbons specialises in commercial construction and property development.
The company has been a recognised leader in the building industry for generations and fosters constructive and enduring relationships with their tenants, customers and communities.
Family values are at the core of Gibbons’ work in the Nelson region and the company has a deep commitment to local people and the community.
Another recent project that deeply resonated with its team was building the new Nelson Tasman Regional Hospice, completed in March 2019.
“A lot of heart went into that build – it was very rewarding for everyone involved,” Richard says.
Another key local project for the company is Nelson Airport’s new terminal.
The first stage of this $32 million redevelopment opened in October 2018, with the next stage due to be completed by October 2019.
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