The latest news on Te Kaha, Canterbury's Multi-Use Arena.

Friday 13 January: Major concrete pours set to begin

Work on Te Kaha, Canterbury’s Multi-Use Arena, will hit a new milestone later this month when the first of the foundations’ major concrete pours is completed.

Te Kaha Project Delivery Chief Executive David Kennedy says the lead contractor, BESIX Watpac, will oversee about 40 large concrete pours between 27 January and mid-August, as work begins on the arena’s substructure.

“These concrete pours are significant as they signal the start of the main construction of Te Kaha,” says Mr Kennedy.

Drone image of Te Kaha substructure taking shape

Drone image of Te Kaha substructure taking shape.

Thursday 1 December: On-site update

Now that we have completed the bulk excavation work to prepare the site for construction in the west stand area of Te Kaha, site concrete pours are now underway. This involves laying a thin layer of concrete, over the base foundations to seal in the underlying material and level off the surface.  We expect to complete the pours by mid-December. 

Once this is finished we will move on to pouring site concrete in the south stand. 

Site concrete provides a base for us to begin installing reinforcement and formwork for the slab and beam foundations – which are designed to disperse loads over an extensive area.   

We will be doing large concrete pours in the coming months and will provide further information about the timings on these when we have more details.