Built in the 1970’s, the Newtown Park Grandstand Upgrade required seismic strengthening of the existing steel work to meet current standards, as well as general upgrading and modernisation of the facilities.
Located in Manchester Street, next to the Zoo on Wellington’s green belt, Newtown Park is the home of Wellington’s athletics and is in constant use. The Park features a multi-purpose sports facility stadium which contains clubrooms, function rooms and which is also used for community events.
Schools, athletics clubs, and the Phoenix Football Club required ongoing use of the facilities so the Grandstand Upgrade was approached in two stages.
Stage 1: Involved the upgrade of the ground floor toilet block and changing room. The development involved an upgrade of the fire system, re-painting and the careful removal of asbestos.
Stage 2: Of the project addressed the seismic issues with the installation of additional steel work and new connections from the block work to the existing structural steel. Steel channels were placed underneath each portal frame, increasing the connection detail on existing cross bracing and adding a bay of cross braces. The structural steel and the roof support network were repainted including the removal of all rust and complete replacement of the roof in some areas.
Special Info / Challenges:
Newtown Park Grandstand remained in use throughout the project. This has meant that works have had to be timed around school activities and club demands.
Full access was required to the downstairs toilets, changing rooms and Phoenix offices throughout the project. On the discovery of asbestos, it was necessary to ensure that the material was removed outside of office hours.