The new aquatic centre will deliver on our vision to be a vibrant and sustainable city for everyone to enjoy, by providing an excellent facility and a public service that supports people’s well-being, now and into the future.
Napier City Council has approved the scope for tender for Napier’s new aquatic facility, to be constructed on the corner of Tamatea Drive and Prebensen Drive.The tender for construction of the landmark Napier development will be advertised in mid-May, and it is anticipated that Council will consider the award of the tender in July. Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 with an opening date in early 2022.
This will be a fantastic new facility for everyone to enjoy. We are making huge improvements in all areas. There will be more pool space for people learning to swim, more play space for very young children, more lanes for swimmers, water walkers and aqua-aerobicists, along with better accessibility for special needs users.
Napier’s new aquatic facility will deliver on our vision to be a vibrant and sustainable city for everyone to enjoy, by providing an excellent facility and a public service that supports people’s health and well-being, now and into the future.
This will be achieved through:
It will be located near existing cycle and pedestrian pathways which provide good links to neighbourhoods. It will be in a highly visible location with good access for local residents and regionally (via the Expressway).
The site allows for future expansion – whether it be increased user demand or a change in community requirements. It will feature a 25 x 25 metre lap pool with room to expand to 50 metres in future if necessary.
Napier City Council is working closely with groups and clubs who will be using the facility to ensure their needs are addressed in the detailed design work. Iwi, stakeholders, community and user groups, along with nearby residents, are also being closely consulted.
After the Napier Aquatic Strategy was adopted back in 2015, two independent consultants, both based in Wellington, were brought in to assess the development of a facility at the Onekawa site. They were The Building Intelligence Group (TBIG), who are Construction Project Management specialists, and Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB), a multi-national corporation specialising in cost management, quantity surveying, project management and advisory services. Their feasibility studies highlighted significant risks with the Onekawa location, which drove Council to explore options for alternative sites.
The main issues that were identified with the Onekawa site was the risk of contaminants in an old landfill underground, which are currently covered and sealed by a layer of clean soil. These contaminants are safe while left undisturbed. The groundworks will require digging to a far greater depth than a standard residential build, and could create a health risk by exposing airborne contaminants, as well as the risk of a cost blow-out due to unknown factors.
The decision to change from a 50m pool to a 25m pool was made when a new 50m pool was confirmed for the Regional Sports Park in Hastings. It was decided that the region doesn’t need two pools of that length within close proximity. Sport New Zealand also supported this decision and endorsed the development of the aquatic facilityon the corner of Tamatea Dr and Prebensen Dr. The new site is capable of extending to a 50m pool in the future, if there is the demand for it.
Moving to this new site means the wider community and current regular users of the Onekawa pool will not be without a pool during the 18-20 month construction period. Being without a pool for that length of time would seriously impact many groups that use the pool, such as learn to swim classes, swimming programmes and clubs as well as those who use it for general leisure and play. The Napier Aquahawks Committee support Council’s plan and look forward to working with NCC as the project progresses.
After the pool has moved, the Onekawa site will be turned into a new recreational space for the community to enjoy. This will likely see the splash pads remain and more activities added such as a ‘pump’ bike track, playground, climbing frames, children’s exploring tunnels as well as more open space.
If the earthquake strengthening work hadn’t been carried out on the Ivan Wilson building housing the main indoor pool, spa pools, hydroslides and learners’ pool, we would have had to close two years ago.
The current site has pools, netball/tennis courts and Omnigym, but there are other businesses there which are not recreation-related. There isn’t much room to expand. The new site is 7ha, providing much greater potential to create a recreation hub in the future if required. It will also be close to Park Island.
No. The new design will increase the number of lanes from 11 to 17, include a 32-seat spa pool, and increase the size and features of leisure and play space. Providing too much pool space that will be unused most of time adds significant cost to both the build and operating costs, increasing the burden on ratepayers.
There are other schools which will be closer. Moving a facility will always have those that benefit, and those that don’t.
No. Access will be from Tamatea Drive, which we are consulting on changing from a 70 km/h zone to be a 50 km/h zone. Currently 91% of users drive to the facility. There is an iWay pathway near the site now, foot and cycle traffic will be considered as part of the project.
The proposed site is 3.2km away from the current site. There’s little difference in the size of the population living within a 3km radius of both areas, and there is large population growth closer to the new site. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, which manage the bus routes, is willing to look at making any required changes to routes and stops.
When looking at all options of the new aquatic centre, decisions were based on the how the facility will benefit our communities’ health, wellbeing and cohesion, and can be a source of community pride. This is further broken down into six key areas.
There were three main areas of consideration that we looked at when deciding where to build the new aquatic centre, as outlined below:
The Onekawa site is built on an old landfill, with the likelihood of buried hazardous materials such as asbestos, oil and lead. We won’t know the exact levels or quantities of these materials until the ground is literally peeled back and opened up. Not even test drilling will guarantee what is below the surface, as there could be contaminants either side of any drill hole. Any contaminated soil will require a special process to remove, with the potential of significant cost and time increases to the project. There is also the risk that contaminated gases and dangerous dust particles could leak into the air.
When the risks and costs (contamination, pool closure) associated with the Onekawa site were known, we looked at a number of alternative sites to understand if there was a better location. All alternative sites were considered based on the following criteria:
The site has many positive attributes that was evident when feasibility work was undertaken:
The tables below show how the two locations stack up against the project vision and build requirements.
The latest cost estimates from consultants RLB, reflecting the August 2018 market, shows the Prebensen site to be $1.2 million cheaper than Onekawa. More accurate costings for each site will be provided when the tender process has been completed. There is a high likelihood of additional cost increases at the Onekawa, due to dealing with contamination at the site.
Current cost estimates are:
Tamatea-Dr/Prebensen Dr: $43,130,200
The new pool will increase the average rates amount by $67 per year, or $1.29 per week, as outlined in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028.
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