$220m Government investment approved for planned stadium

An artist's impression of the planned multi-use arena. Image: Supplied
An artist's impression of the planned multi-use arena. Image: Supplied
The Government has approved a $300 million investment in Christchurch regeneration projects, including $220 million for the planned new stadium.

On top of the stadium investment case, $40 million was approved to develop the green spine through the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor red zone and another $40 million for roads and footpaths, safety initiatives, and bus priority measures on key public transport routes.

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods says the approval of the investment cases marks another milestone in Christchurch’s regeneration.

“These projects are hugely significant to the city’s ongoing regeneration and overall future, so it’s great to finally announce we’ve approved the three investment cases, which will help set our city up to become an even more vibrant and exciting place for people to live, work and visit," she said.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel said all three projects will contribute significantly to the city's future.

“People living in the east in particular will welcome the investment in improving the city’s roads and also about the regeneration of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor red zone,” she said.

Image: Supplied
Image: Supplied
Ms Dalziel said the Government’s decision to immediately release $6 million in funding for the multi-use arena means the project can now start moving ahead.

“It means we can push ahead with the detailed site investigation work and remove old underground services so that when the main works contractor is appointed, they can hit the ground running,” she said.

"Both the Crown and the council want this project to progress as quickly as possible.

"Our goal is to get construction under way next year so the arena can open in 2024, allowing Christchurch to reclaim its position as New Zealand’s sporting and cultural capital."

The new arena - which will be built on a Crown-owned block of land between Madras, Barbadoes, Hereford and Tuam Sts - is forecast to cost $473 million.

The Crown and the council have both approved the investment case for the arena.

The council has begun the process of setting up a company to deliver the arena.

“The company’s board will be tasked with ensuring that this important project - the last of the anchor projects in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan - is completed within project timelines and budget," Ms Dalziel said.

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