Contractors offer to assist trust on Awatea St project

In the true spirit of Kiwi club rugby culture, the boys are already offering to come round and help build the stadium.

Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry believes it could be an all Otago-Southland project and has already had offers of help from local contractors not big enough to tender for a contract the size of the stadium.

He said one had offered to line some of the toilets and others had said, ‘‘I will make a contribution to this project if the opportunity is given to me. We will do a section of it at no charge.''

Trust chief executive Darren Burden said someone had phoned him and offered to donate paint.

Capacity within the building industry was ‘‘a big issue for us'', he said.

Both Eden Park in Auckland and AMI Stadium in Christchurch are undergoing major makeovers.

Mr Burden said consultants had looked at the issue and the trust was keeping its options open - either having one main contractor or managing several contractors.

‘‘We might give the construction of the south stand to one particular contractor, the north stand to another, the roof to another. 

‘If you split it down, all of a sudden you've got packages which are more manageable.''

Decisions about how the building would be completed had not yet been made.

Mr Farry said there was ‘‘huge goodwill'' towards the project that had not yet been tapped.

‘‘And that's the Otago-Southland way and that's going to make all the difference.''

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