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Olympic Pool redevelopment progressing

13 Nov 2018

Olympic Pool redevelopment progressing

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Council confirmed its commitment to progressing with the community’s desire to redevelop the Olympic Pool Complex at its latest Future Tairāwhiti committee meeting.

An external project manager will be recruited to lead the Olympic Pool Complex redevelopment project and help council deliver on the community’s preferred concept for the facility.

In a report to the committee, liveable communities director Andrew White said the high-capital cost and uncertainty of funding made it a high-risk project for Council.

Significant design and diligence work is still required to build confidence with potential funders before they are likely to commit to support the project.

Following extensive community consultation, Council adopted redevelopment concept option 3 in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, which includes a new 50m pool, spa pool, separate warm water pool as well as new administration and change rooms.

Peer reviews conducted by New Zealand Recreation Association and Sport New Zealand provided new perspective on some design elements, including whether retaining a 50m pool was the best approach. 

The peer review material provides valuable information that will be used as the detailed design work proceeds, but the LTP adopted option 3 remains the preferred option to progress with due to the overwhelming community support behind it.

The report also outlined plans to restructure the project steering group in line with project management best practice recommendations.