Rooney Group
Waimate Event Centre

This is the first civic project for our team. The Thompson design team has worked closely with Les and the team from Rooney’s to plan the project with input from the local community and Waimate District Council. Waimate now have a great facility to hold multiple sporting events for the wider community. The new sports complex is located on the corner of Paul Street and Victoria Terrace.

Precast is a major component of this building with 93 panels made with 300m³ of concrete. These were fabricated at our Washdyke Plant and transported to site by our logistics team. The tallest panel is 10.2m.

The first stage of construction consisted of an area of 2470m2 and was constructed behind the existing Waimate squash courts. Inside this complex there is two multi-sport courts which have a 72mm sprung timber floor on top of a structural concrete slab with a mezzanine floor for a spectator’s area above the courts. There is also a gym, multi-lounge area with a bar and kitchen facilities, changing rooms and an entrance with offices and reception area.

The second stage of construction included new gym facilities and an entranceway into the existing squash courts. The complex now has facilities for indoor tennis, basketball, netball, badminton and soccer. Featuring prominently is the indoor climbing wall which is already proving a challenge to young and old alike.

This project has accommodated the needs of many user groups and is a great asset for this community. It has been facilitated primarily by the Waimate District Council and Rooney Earthmoving, and further fundraising has come from many other sources.
It combines efficient, large scale construction methods, internal finishing, robustness and a great look, all into a very cost effective building.

02 Jan 2017
Sporting Venue
Commercial, Community
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