A new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre is currently being built at QEII Park in northeast Christchurch. The previous QEII Recreation and Sport Centre was significantly damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and was demolished in 2012.

January 2017 update: Construction begins

Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Councillor David East celebrated the start of work on the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre on Tuesday 17 January, leading a sod-turning ceremony that included the handing over of a sapling in conjunction with Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

The ceremony set the stage for Apollo Projects to begin work on the site in earnest. Read more.

November 2016 update: Asbestos remediation

Work is underway from Monday 21 November 2016 – February 2017 to remove asbestos- containing material from a section of QEII Park.

What will the work involve? 

Our team will be processing the stockpiles of ACM and other areas of land. This will help us remove larger lumps of asbestos pipework, which is the main source of the asbestos contamination.

It’s been decided that all ACM will be removed from QEII Park, rather than the original plan of containing it in bunds (an enclosure that might take the form of a hill, berm, wall, etc.) in QEII Park.

The ACM will be sorted, processed and handled under strict controls and monitoring. You may see workers in protective suits on the site. It will be thoroughly tested to ensure that the asbestos has been removed, so that none of the “fill” of the land is removed unnecessarily.

Carrying out the work with this eye for detail saves us from removing material that is otherwise safe and reduces disposal costs.

The ACM will then be removed in covered, plastic-lined bins by an approved transport contractor. These bins will then be taken to approved landfills such as Kate Valley and Hororata.

Finally, the whole site – some 50,000 square metres – will be checked and levelled-out with soil to make it ready for future landscaping work and sports field development.

How safe is the process? 

Environment Canterbury have been closely involved developing this approach to the work, and it has been reviewed and tested. The team is working under strict WorkSafe New Zealand controls and is live-monitoring the air, which greatly reduces the risk of asbestos dust leaving the site. The process has a history of safety and success.

Is the public still allowed to use the park? 

Yes – with the exception of the fenced-off worksite and one temporary track closure, QEII Park remains open to the public for walking, jogging, dog-walking, etc.

A section close to the access point near Frosts Road will be closed for public safety while a number of vehicles travel on- and off-site. This will temporarily affect part of the walking track. The closure (and an alternate route) will be clearly marked. View a map of the track here.

How long will the remediation work take? 

Work will begin Monday 21 November 2016 and is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter 2017. The timeframe for creation of the sports fields afterwards will be confirmed early in 2017.

Why is there asbestos-containing material in QEII Park? 

ACM was discovered during the demolition of QEII Stadium in 2012. This included asbestos pipe fragments (white asbestos) and general demolition waste from the building (insulation, plastics, rubber, steel reinforcement and concrete). Since the demolition, this material has been safely contained on the site while the remediation plan was developed.

Will the development of the new QEII Recreation and Sports Centre, and the planned relocation of Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools, be affected by this work? 

No. The facilities are being developed in different areas of QEII Park. Remediation will not affect work on the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre, which is scheduled to begin in December 2016, and all remediation will be completed by the time work begins on the schools later in 2017.

Is there anyone from the Council I can talk to about the project?

Please direct your questions to Project Director Lee Butcher on (03) 941 6774 or 027 521 3722.

Artist rendering of the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Artist rendering of the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre (February 2017)

Work began on 17 January 2017, creating the eagerly awaited 4573 square metre facility which will return swimming and fitness amenities to QEII Park. Read more

The new centre is expected to open in mid-2018 and will include:

  • Leisure pools
  • 25x25 metre lap pool
  • Learn to Swim pool
  • Lazy river
  • Water adventure playground
  • Spa pool
  • Steamroom and sauna
  • Toddlers' pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Hydroslide
  • Café
  • Studio
  • Meeting room
  • Ample space for car and cycle parking.

View the new QEII floorplan

The project is the first sign of construction in QEII Park as it enters a busy period of redevelopment. The Ministry of Education is also set to begin the relocation of Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools to QEII Park in 2017.

Project updates

January 2017

A sod-turning ceremony was held to mark start of work, including the handing over of a sapling in conjunction with Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri. The ceremony set the stage for Apollo Projects to begin work on the site in earnest. Read more.

November 2016

On 2 November 2016, Christchurch City Council chose Apollo Projects Ltd to build the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre, with work scheduled to start onsite in December 2016. Read more.

June 2016

The sale of 11.5 hectares of Council-owned land at QEII Park to the Ministry of Education was approved on 23 June 2016. The Ministry will use the land, which is in the southeast corner of the park, for the relocation of Avonside Girls' and Shirley Boys' High Schools. Read more.

May 2016

Plans to return pools and fitness facilities to QEII Park have taken another step forward with the release on 27 May of an initial concept design for the new recreation and sport centre. Warren and Mahoney have done the initial concept design for the new centre, which will be located in the heart of QEII Park and cover 4537 square metres.

Accommodated within the concept design are leisure pools, a lazy river, a lap pool, a water adventure playground, a spa pool, toddlers and learn-to-swim pools, a hydroslide, steam rooms and saunas, as well as a fitness centre and café. Ample parking is also provided for cars and cycles. Read more.

2 March 2016

The community has had another say in the ongoing development of QEII Park, this time on the proposal to sell a piece of land in the park to the Ministry of Education, which went out for public consultation on Wednesday 2 March. Read the Media Release.

10 December 2015

Christchurch City Council has approved a range of water toys and other leisure attractions for residents of all ages that will feature in the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre on QEII Park.

The Council agreed with a Burwood–Pegasus Community recommendation to go ahead with a range of water toys that were the most popular choices among residents who responded to the recent Your Play, Your Say campaign.

The six-week Your Play, Your Say campaign finished on 30 October and gave residents the chance to have their say about the water toys and other leisure attractions they would like to see in the new facility when it opens in 2018.

The water toys are:

  • A hydroslide
  • A water adventure playground
  • A toddlers' pool
  • A lazy river with strong jets
  • Leisure water area with beach entry
  • Aqua toys
  • Inflatable water toys

The Council also approved a revised scope for the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre. The Burwood–Pegasus Community Board recommended a number of changes to the scope that was approved in June this year, following feedback received during the Your Play, Your Say campaign. The recommendations include reducing the moveable floor to half the pool area; increasing the size of the learners'/warm water pool to a 25 metre by 10 metre pool; increasing the number of multi-function wet/dry rooms and changing the design of the spa pool.

Other features in the original scope that will remain the same include a 25 metre 10-lane pool; a toddlers' pool area; a learn to swim pool; spa pool; steam room and sauna; fitness centre; spin rooms and café.

The water toys and the revised scope will now be presented to architects from Warren and Mahoney, who are currently working on the concept design for the new facility.

17 September 2015

Christchurch City Council encouraged residents to share their ideas for the water toys and other leisure attractions they would like to see in the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre on QEII Park.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel launched the Your Play, Your Say campaign, which ran from 17 September until 30 October 2015, at Rawhiti Primary School. Residents will have the opportunity to have their say about how the $6.5 million given to the Council by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust for water attractions at the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre should be spent.

Residents shared their ideas for the new facility online at Your Voice

Alternatively, they could attend a drop-in session at selected libraries to provide feedback. The most popular ideas will be presented to architects from Warren and Mahoney, who are currently working on the concept design for the new facility.

1 September 2015

Talks begin over QEII Park. The co-location of the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre and the two schools on QEII Park aims to benefit the entire community. Read the Media Release.

20 August 2015

Christchurch City Council has appointed a project team to begin the design process for the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre to be built on QEII Park.

14 May 2015

Christchurch City Council is to begin discussions with the Ministry of Education (MoE) over relocating Avonside Girls' and Shirley Boys' High Schools to part of QEII Park, alongside the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre.

The Council today agreed Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Chief Executive Karleen Edwards should meet with the MoE and the two schools to explore a range of options regarding the sale of part of QEII Park.

It is still to be determined where the two schools will be situated on the QEII Park site although initial investigations show the MoE will need 10 hectares of land on the eastern side. The Council is also working closely with the MoE over the exact location of the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre on the QEII Park site, which is still to be decided.

12 March 2015

Design begins on Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre.

A milestone project for Christchurch’s eastern suburbs is about to take shape, with Councillors today agreeing to proceed with the design of the Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre. The facility will be located at QEII Park along with Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High School. The Ministry of Education recently announced QEII Park was the preferred site for the two schools. It was also decided at today’s Council meeting that a joint workshop will be held to further discuss the scope of the new facility.

Background

In June 2012, the Council agreed an Eastern facility should be built on the QEII site, or an agreed location, to replace the damaged QEII Recreation and Sport Centre. A budget of $30.5 million was allocated to the Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre in the 2012/13 Annual Plan and was subsequently brought into the Christchurch City Three Year Plan. The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust also donated $7.47 million for water attractions.

Read the preliminary geotechnical report on the QEII site. [PDF 6.76 MB]

A community advisory group was appointed in June 2014 to consider a site for a proposed new facility. The advisory group included representatives from eight community and sport organisations – Youth Alive Trust, Rawhiti Community Sports Inc, Aranui Community Trust Incorporated Society (ACTIS), Tumara Park Residents’ Association, Avondale Residents’ Association, Coastal Spirit Football Club, Keep QEII in the East and Eastern Vision. On 14 August 2014, the advisory group agreed to recommend QEII Park as its preferred location, and the Burwood–Pegasus Community Board endorsed this at a meeting on 1 September 2014.