Taranaki Regional Council in New Zealand has awarded a contract to construction company Ceres NZ for the demolition of the East Stand at the Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.
The contract value has not been disclosed by the council, which stated that all stadium contracts are decided on the basis of value and ability.
The stadium is being redeveloped because its two stands, the West Stand and the East Stand, were declared earthquake-prone and closed in 2017 and 2018.
Taranaki Regional Council has also informed the neighbours about the demolition, including details of a temporary 30km/h speed restriction on a section of Maratahu Street around the lower entrance gate.
Taranaki Regional Council chair David MacLeod said: “We’ll be talking to neighbours and key stakeholders regularly as the project proceeds.”
The West Stand at the facility is already being repaired and scheduled for completion by November this year while the East Stand is planned to be replaced by a new stand.
The decision to rebuild instead of repair the East Stand has been taken due to complications such as poor ground conditions, integration of old grandstand structure, as well as insufficient foundation strength.
More space will be provided for events, including conferences and trade exhibitions, as well as flexible and scalable seating capacity at the stadium.
Additionally, the demolition work at East Stand is planned to commence in the middle of April and completed by September.
The project has a $50m budget, $30m of which is being funded by ratepayers and the remaining $20m is being provided by the government in form of a grant under the ‘shovel-ready’ economic stimulus package for Covid-19 recovery to begin work on major projects.