Aussie Experts sent to NZ for new stadium project

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Nine fellow Aussie design, construction and planning experts have been sent on their way to Christchurch New Zealand to prepare and work on a new stadium project.

Work to finalise the concept for the $473 million, 25,000-seat stadium has been under way since the project’s design and build contract was awarded in March to Kōtui, a consortium of local companies and international experts.

The concept design for the stadium will be finalised in July 2021, design work will be underway for the rest of the year following with construction at the beginning of 2022.

BESIX Watpac, a construction company based in Queensland, Australia, had completed major global construction projects including sports stadiums, the 828-metre Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, and Ferrari World amusement park in Abu Dhabi.

Nine of their workers will have ventured from QLD to Christchurch by mid-July.

Tourism and economic development agency ChristchurchNZ earlier had mentioned that the stadium will cause the city to miss out on hosting a small amount of major events due to the size of the stadium.

There will be another court hearing in August regarding the project.

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