Construction on MCSH project to start in September

Published on 14 July 2021

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Work on Upper Hutt’s $32M Maidstone Community Sports Hub (MCSH) is set to begin in September, with a new indoor training facility and shared clubrooms delivered first.

Construction was expected to start in March but was put on hold while we worked through several significant financial constraints.

These were due to COVID-19 related supply chain and material costs issues (e.g., materials cost escalations, increased labour costs, freight charges).

Following a bid for more funding of $13.5 M through the Long Term Plan process, and ongoing support from the Government, who provided a $12 M funding boost through the COVID-19 recovery response infrastructure programme, we are back on track - but with a few tweaks to our original plan.

Rather than deliver all the components on the high level masterplan, we’re going to do it in stages so that the costs can be spread over more than one financial year, and we do not affect Council’s debt limit.

A staged approach also gives us a chance to seek external funding to reduce the $13.5 M where possible, to reduce the reliance on ratepayer funds.

Here’s how we’re going to tackle it:

  • First up will be the new community sports hub building.
  • This includes a new indoor training facility and shared clubrooms which will be built where the Rams clubrooms stand today.
  • The wider components of the masterplan, like new petanque pistes, football dugouts, hockey shelters, upgraded car park etc., will be delivered in stage two (in future financial years).
  • Having said that, we will continue to look for opportunities to bring work forward (subject to cash flow).
  • Rugby season finishes at the end of August. Games in 2022 will still be played at Maidstone Park on our premium playing surfaces, and we’re working with UH Rams RFC to help them to transition from their current clubrooms.

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 Photo: Exterior perspective of the indoor facility and shared clubrooms

What is a community sports hub?

Maidstone Park has traditionally operated in an environment where clubs have independently occupied clubrooms and a playing space.

The community sports hub concept changes that by bringing clubs together under one roof, this will see a number of benefits for not only the sports but the club members too.

UH Rams RFC, Heretaunga Boxing Club and Upper Hutt Judo Club will be three of the key leases of the new community sports hub when it’s ready.

The facility will also be open to other sport and recreation organisations.

Once construction of the community sports hub is underway, we’ll continue our discussions about the future operating model, in partnership with the stakeholders who currently use the park, to ensure it meets their needs.

Want to know more?

Have a read through the details on our project webpage or you can contact a member of our project team at mcshinfo@uhcc.govt.nz.

We’ll also share updates on our Facebook page. Follow us @UpperHuttCityCouncil.