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Putting heart into city sport: Apollo Projects


Christchurch based main contractor Apollo Projects is in the fortunate position of putting broad smiles on the faces of citizens young and old who have been making do or missing out. They do this by bringing much anticipated major sport and recreation centres to fruition in Canterbury.

 

 

“Christchurch is Apollo’s home, so it’s really special to be able to bring incredible community facilities to Cantabrians,” Director and CEO Paul Lloyd says.

This month sees Apollo Projects start work on Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool.

Christchurch City Council (CCC) appointed Apollo to deliver the city’s latest pool complex following Apollo’s successful delivery of CCC’s Taiora QEII Recreation and Sport Centre in 2018 and the construction of the He Puna Taimoana hot pools, which opened over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Selwyn District Council has appointed Apollo to build the Foster Park indoor courts, which are currently underway and on track to be completed around April 2021.

The courts’ framework has been installed and work is progressing steadily since restarting under Alert Level 3.

Once completed, they will include eight courts and a 240-metre indoor walking track on the mezzanine level.

Like Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool, the courts focus on serving community needs, including schools and clubs.

This incredible record of service delivery to Christchurch is about much more than timber and concrete, it’s about putting heart and soul into communities, and Apollo Projects puts its heart and soul into that!


 

City’s hottest opening


It was one of the city’s most hotly anticipated openings expected for April, before the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown put the He Puna Taimoana, New Brighton hot pools on hold.

 

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However, there was no dampening down the excitement for the opening on Queen’s Birthday weekend, which was a sell-out for the whole of the opening weekend.

The hot pools are part of the wider regeneration of New Brighton, led by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) on behalf of the Christchurch City Council.

The work includes exciting public projects which are transforming the foreshore, along with a focus on the business centre and surrounding area.

“After the events of the last couple of months I am sure lots of people are going to really welcome the chance to have a relaxing soak in the hot pools,” Christchurch City Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox says.

The Level 2 restrictions meant the hotpools had to operate at reduced capacity, with the steam room and sauna not available for use.

An online booking system enabled people to book into one of four two-hour sessions each day.

The first session will be at 10am, the second session at 12.30pm, the third at 3pm, and the final session at 5.30pm, with a maximum of 50 people allowed into each session.

A single entry into He Puna Taimoana will cost Christchurch residents aged over 15-years $14.

The cost of admission for a child under 16 or with a Cando high school student ID card will be $10. Children aged three and under will be admitted for free.

Christchurch residents who want to use the pools regularly will be able to get even cheaper admission rates if they take advantage of the multi-entry cards and membership options that will be available.

For example, a monthly pass to the hot pools for a child will be available for $54.

If they visit the pools three times a week, each visit will only cost $4.50.

The standard admission charge for those who live outside of Christchurch will be $18 for an adult and $13 for a child.


 

New Brighton’s Hottest New Project


THE CITY’S HOT SALT WATER POOLS ARE SOON TO BE OPEN

 

 

Christchurch residents and visitors will soon be making the most of New Brighton’s revitalised foreshore with the much-anticipated opening of He Puna Taimoana, the New Brighton hot pools.

The hot pools are part of the wider regeneration of New Brighton, led by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) on behalf of the Christchurch City Council.

The work includes exciting public projects which are transforming the foreshore, along with a focus on the business centre and surrounding area.

Apollo Projects ensured the vision became a reality, completing the hot pools project in less than 12 months.

“The complex has five pools, a cold-water plunge pool, steam and sauna rooms, changing and toilet facilities, naturally-lit reception and café areas and first aid and staff facilities,” Project Manager Keeva Irving says.

“The landscaping, both internal and external, has been designed to bring harmony to the complex and provide a user-friendly yet robust space.”

The pools are all different sizes and shapes, and range in temperature from 12⁰C to 40⁰C.

Apollo Projects became involved at the tender stage.

Chosen as the preferred contractor, the team worked with DCL using value engineering to reduce costs and enhance the project’s buildability.

With a tight site, sandy substrate and exposure to weather, the team programmed the build into phases to best manage the issues and then co-ordinated the planning with all the sub-contractors.

The marine environment meant DCL’s design team had to carefully select functional and durable materials.

The Apollo team’s success is down to carefully planning every detail, along with regular and effective communication with all parties, especially DCL and Architect Andrew Watson.

Apollo Construction has worked with Christchurch City Council on a number of other successful builds, including Normal Kirk Pool, Scarborough Splash Pad and the award-winning Taiora: QEII Sport & Recreation Centre, and the company hopes to work with the council on future projects.

“We think the hot pools will be a valuable asset to the New Brighton community and represent an important role in the overall regeneration of the area,” Keeva says.


 

Methven Resort

An idyllic location: Methven Resort


Just an hour from Christchurch, Methven Resort offers an unforgettable experience for a wedding venue or exceptional conference location.

 

Methven Resort

 

This exclusive escape in Methven Village is renowned for fine food, fantastic facilities, entertainment, serenity and space in a beautiful mountain setting. Accommodation staff will personalise every detail for your event, to ensure everything runs seamlessly.
The main conference room, the largest in Mid-Canterbury, accommodates up to 300 and can host a sumptuous banquet.

The resort attracts weddings and conferences all year round, with Mount Hutt offering a majestic back drop for photos. Early booking is advisable, with summer weddings and conferences proving especially popular.  Methven Resort is revered for exquisite top-class food, with the restaurant seating up to 100.There are 47 affordable and comfortable rooms, including family suites that sleep four, along with three steamy outdoor hot pools and a 25-metre heated pool.

 


Visit www.methvenresort.com or phone 03 302 8724.


 

Hanmer Springs

Something for Everyone: Hanmer Springs

Winter is here and this year, visitors should embrace the season instead of resisting it.

Hanmer Springs

What better way to welcome the cold temperatures than by grabbing the warmest clothes and adventure gear and equipment to head roughly two hours north of Christchurch to the ideal spot for a trip. Hanmer Springs is the go-to winter getaway destination and has something to offer you or your family this season.

With its beautiful alpine scenery, this winter wonderland has activities for all to enjoy. Thrill seekers can embrace the adrenaline rushes from skiing or snowboarding at the affordable Hanmer Springs Ski Area on Mount Saint Patrick. Snow sports aren’t the only outdoor activities for visitors.

There are also ample opportunities for tramping, walking and mountain biking to enjoy Mother Nature.
Travelers who aren’t a fan of the outdoors can let their worries wash away as they indulge and soak in the thermal sulfur or aqua therapy pools, which help relieve pain from sore or achy muscles and joints. Families can frolic and have a good time at the water playground, two large activity pools and hydroslides. After a nice soak, they can pamper themselves with a massage or beauty treatment at the spa.Whether you seek adventure or you simply fancy a relaxing holiday, you’re bound to find an activity you enjoy at this holiday location. Sit back and savor every minute of it.