Council has approved an all-weather hot saltwater pools complex as the preferred legacy project for New Brighton. $5 million has also been allocated to the project.

About the pools

street scene in New BrightonThe location of the proposed facility on the New Brighton foreshore will enable the salt water to be sourced directly from the Ocean. The prevailing winds may require some or all of the facility to be constructed under cover or indoors.

Based on benchmarking of successful hot pool facilities, the center will need to have the capacity to be developed into the following three customer market zones:

  • General public pool - large pool zone (250m2 - 330m2) to cater for the general public and families.
  • Private spa / soak pools - series of 8 to 10 private spas or soak pools heated to between 36 and 40 degrees celsius, catering for up to 10 people.
  • Wellness / beauty area - up to 12 consulting suites (8 singles and 4 doubles) plus change facilities off each room. Linked to lounge / refreshment area and linked to private spa / soak area.

Support infrastructure such as amenities, change rooms, food and beverage outlets and car parking will be provided to support each zone.


Timeline

date actions
3 April 2014

The concept of providing a legacy project for New Brighton was raised by the Council’s Earthquake Recovery Committee of the Whole. The Committee requested that staff identify options for a legacy project in New Brighton and report back to the Council.

5 May 2014 The Burwood–Pegasus Community Board agreed to lead a process to identify a legacy project that involved community input. At the time of this decision, the Board had already established a Community Advisory Group for New Brighton to aid the completion of a master plan for the recovery of New Brighton. The Community Advisory Group agreed to become part of a New Brighton legacy project group, named the Community Advisory Panel (CAP) – established to work with the community and the Board to identify a legacy project for New Brighton.
7 July 2014

The Burwood–Pegasus Community Board recommended the Council considers an all-weather hot saltwater pools complex as a potential legacy project for New Brighton.

The concept of an aquatic complex was a recommendation from the CAP who settled on an aquatic complex as the preferred legacy project following two workshops and the results of a residents’ survey, which gathered people’s thoughts and ideas for a legacy project. The survey attracted 202 responses, where people said they supported a project that recognises the coastal environment, is accessible and attractive for all ages and attracts people to and through the New Brighton Business District. 

17 July 2014 Council approved an all-weather hot saltwater pools complex as the preferred legacy project for New Brighton.
August to September 2014

The Council developed an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a hot saltwater pools complex, based on, but not limited by, the scope outlined in Section 1.3 of a Council-commissioned SGL report to inform a legacy hot salt water pool for New Brighton.

The Chairperson’s report and the SGL report are included in Attachment 1 of the EOI.

The EIO was advertised on the Tenderlink site used by the Council and GETS (the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service). It closed at 12noon on Wednesday 24 September 2014.

September 2014

Council announces $5 million has also been allocated to a hot salt water pool ‘legacy’ project at New Brighton.