Clelands Construction has won the contract to repair the West Stand at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth, New Zealand, with work beginning almost immediately.
The stadium’s grandstands were declared earthquake-prone in 2017 and 2018, and were closed to the public. The stadium is home to Taranaki Rugby.
The West Stand is being repaired and the East Stand is being demolished and replaced with a new stand designed to offer more flexibility and scalability to suit post-Covid needs.
The project is one of the first in New Zealand to get under way with funding under the Government’s ‘shovel-ready’ programme to stimulate the economy in the wake of Covid-19.
Essential refurbishments of the main pitch and lighting are also being carried out. More contracts for the work are expected to be let in 2021.
This is a great outcome for the region, says David MacLeod, Chair of stadium owner Taranaki Regional Council. He said:
We’re delighted to see work getting under way with locals at the helm, and very grateful for the Government’s NZ $20 million ‘shovel-ready’ contribution to the total project budget of NZ $50 million.
Clelands anticipates deploying 10 staff and 20 subcontractors on this first stage of the wider Yarrow Stadium repair and refurbishment project. It is also expanding its apprenticeship programme with two newcomers.
The Council’s vision for Yarrow Stadium Plus is to make it the best regional stadium in New Zealand that regularly hosts local, regional, national and international sports and entertainment events.