On-site camera records Coastlands Aquatic Centre progress
Tuesday 15 May 2012
Kāpiti residents can now watch the progress of the new Coastlands Aquatic Centre online.
A webcam has been installed on the building site and is sending images to the Kāpiti Coast District Council Website. The picture, which is updated every 15 minutes, can be viewed at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/Projects/Kapiti-Aquatic-Centre/Webcam/
Fin-shaped columns have gone up on the Kapiti Road site over the last couple of weeks. They will eventually support the distinctive gridshell roof designed to let in light and save on heating costs.
Tamsin Evans Group Manager Community Services says the project is running to schedule, and, after extensive plumbing and storm water installations below ground, construction is progressing rapidly above ground.
“It’s exciting to see the complex finally taking shape. All the columns are now up, the pools are being dug out and the concrete slab for administration block and changing rooms is about to be laid.”
Ms Evans says the webcam will allow people to check in and see how things are going. “We’ve set the camera up to give a good view of the site. Not only will it enable locals to check in on progress but it will also make it easier for off-site project consultants to monitor developments.”
The Coastlands Aquatic Centre is being built by Mainzeal. The site recently received a 100% health and safety rating in an internal audit. Manager, Steve Ryder, says he’s very happy with the way the job is going.
“One of the things we’ve been grateful for is Kāpiti’s sandy soil. It’s made the job of digging out the pools so much easier. It will also be a blessing as the winter sets in because the water soaks in rather than pooling and becoming soggy and muddy.”
Last year Council undertook specialist earthworks to prepare the site for construction. This has reduced any risks during construction because the contractors know exactly what site conditions they are working with.
The Coastlands Aquatic Centre is a $21 million facility being built by the Kāpiti Coast District Council in conjunction with the Kāpiti Aquatic Centre Trust. The Trust is contributing $4.3 million and still actively fundraising for just over a million to reach that target.