Our vision is to ‘get everyone active’ and the Sports House Build will directly support this vision by
creating a fit for purpose, regional sports hub. Sports House will bring sports organisations together
and help them become more effective through shared services and a better collaborative working
Originally outlined as a key part of a revamped entrance to the CET Arena on the corner of Cuba and
Waldegrave Streets, Sport Manawatū had planned to construct and own the building, leasing the
land from Council. However we are currently reconsidering all options for the location of the
development due to uncertainty around the consent required for the relocation of the speedway
pits at the CET Arena. Development plans are now paused as we spend the next few months
considering all options – including the Arena site.
The goal of a sports hub for the City remains our focus and we expect to have a confirmed direction
for Sports House heading into 2020.
The goal is to make Sports House a reality as soon as possible to unlock the value of Sport Manawatū to its partners, the city and the region. We expect to have a confirmed direction for Sports House heading into 2020.
The PNCC Long Term Plan includes nearly $1.45m of funding for the build, with several other funders contributing over half of the funding required. Ultimately Sports House will belong to Sport Manawatu. If the building is located at the Arena we will lease the land from the City Council.
Sports House will provide a fit for purpose regional sports hub; it will bring sports organisations together and help them to become more effective through shared services and a better collaborative working environment.
Significant effort and funding has gone into getting Sports House ready to go, and a lease was very close to being signed. However uncertainty arose when Council became aware that a resource consent would be needed for their own project to relocate the speedway pits. A lease can not be signed until the resource consent is completed and unfortunately we don’t know how long this process may take, so all location options are being reconsidered. All options are back on the table – including the Arena site – as part of us stepping back to evaluate what is best for us and our sports
Sport Manawatu appointed Humphries Construction as design and build partner in mid 2017 and their work has included refinements of the design, in consultation with Council’s design planners, as well as legal work around lease requirements.