NATIONAL CATEGORY WINNER
GOLD AWARD WINNER
Christchurch Temporary Stadium
Hawkins Construction South Island Limited (Construction Company)
Christchurch Stadium Trust
To build a stadium in 98 days is no mean feat. That this was done while much of the workforce of 400 were suffering extreme hardship themselves in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes makes it even more special. There were no lead times for planning to create the Stadium which has a capacity of 18000. The resourcefulness of the team was inspirational – begging and borrowing from other stadiums around the country, prefabricating parts and slotting them together, preparing the turf while work proceeded all around – it could not have succeeded without total teamwork.
The leadership required to overcome all obstacles should not be underestimated as the Crusaders team had an immovable date for its Rugby fixture on 24 March 2012. The Project however was more than the delivery of the temporary stadium, it was also a demonstration to all in NZ and particularly Cantrabrians that Canterbury was on a road to recovery. Failure of completion on time was not an option.