The roof has been raised on a new National Hockey Centre, marking the halfway point in the construction of Harbour Hockey’s brand new facility at Rosedale.
Harbour Hockey Charitable Trust chair Peter Felstead says seeing the roof on the new pavilion building is a major milestone.
“As one of New Zealand’s largest hockey communities, we have been bursting out of our existing pavilion for several years. Thanks to support from our funders, we have been able to upgrade the facility to properly accommodate our members, supporters and visiting teams.
“This will also become the new training base for our national Vantage Black Sticks teams.”
The centre is the last of three sports facilities that are being relocated as part of NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA) Northern Corridor Improvements project.
A new North Harbour BMX facility was completed last year as well as an equestrian centre, which opened at Wainoni Park in April.
NZTA senior project delivery manager Karen Boyt says the next stage of development is to fit out the hockey centre’s new buildings.
“Work will progress throughout winter to create large clubrooms, changing rooms and facilities which are being purpose built for the local community.”
“Four new hockey turfs are being built, two of ‘global elite’ standard and two of national standard.
Other features include floodlighting, covered seating for 450 spectators and 370 new carparks.”
North Harbour Hockey are scheduled to move to the new facility in early 2020 to make way for the construction of a new motorway.
Construction of the new National Hockey Centre started in April 2018 and is being built by NZTA, together with partners Harbour Hockey Charitable Trust, Auckland Council and the Upper Harbour Local Board.