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​QEII Park Facility Updates

Update 12/12/2017

The board have voted to accept the final concept plans for the new building, this means we will now push ahead to the next phase. Please take a look at the plans here.

Update: 6/11/2017

Our new lease and site has now been approved by the Community Board and CCC. We are so excited to have made this big step forward. Geo Tech testing has started as has the Integrated Traffic Assessment. Next is the Resource Consent application. We are moving on to firm up the concept plans and floor layout, if all goes well remediation and site preparation will start towards the end of summer. Click here to take a look at the latest Concept Plan, in full.



Following the Public consultation on our propsed lease at QEII, we would like to take this opportunity to answer a few really important questions that have been raised. CCC are now working closely with CSG and the Local Community and community board to investigate a way forward.

Q. Why can't CSG repair the current building?

We had a chartered Engineer survey the building and the reason why CSG decided not to fully repair the existing building was that the cost would have been more than a new building due to the following facts.

  1. The older Gymnasium was badly distorted by the earthquake due to lateral spreading towards Travis Wetlands. This distorted the older Gymnasium by up to 1m at the south end.
  2. The older Gymnasium columns, floor, pits and foundations are so badly damaged that they cannot be reused. The tilt panels cannot be reused as they were only designed for one lift and half are damaged so much that they could not be reused.
  3. The older Gymnasium would need to be completely rebuilt with the only possible salvage being some structural steelwork.
  4. The west side of the newer gym would need to be rebuilt due to the extent of the damage to the floor, tiltslabs, framing, linings, and all services.
  5. The ground would need to be remediated to a depth of 10m due to the high water table, proximity to a bank to the old golf driving range, and the looseness of the strata at this location.
  6. Remediating the ground under the newer gym would require removal of the particle board floor and injection grouting under the building. For the same results this grouting is a much more expensive type of ground remediation than that used for new buildings.
  7. The newer gym needs to be relevelled which would follow the ground remediation. Such levelling is going to damage the tiltslabs further and runs the risk of up to half the tiltslabs having to be replaced.

Q. Why can't CSG re build in the same place?

A. Since the 2010 earthquake sequences the geography of the land at QEII has changed significantly. The site that CSG currently sits on, is now in the middle of a flood risk area. The water table has risen so much, that to remediate the land (to make it suitable to re-build on) would cost an estimated $4million as opposed to $1million for the preferred site, to the East.

Apart from the very obvious additional costs of rebuilding on this part of the park, there is also the problem of the 18 months demolish remediate and rebuild time. CSG employs over 60 staff, and serves over 1600 member of the community. For those 18 months, we would have staff out of work, local residents unable to enjoy the facilities, and competitive athletes with nowhere to train.

Furthermore, we have been advised that due to the required remediation work, CSG would be unable to put in sponge pits in a rebuilt on this site, undeniably a necessary component of a gymnastics club.

For these reasons, moving to a new more suitable site to the east, is our only viable option to ensure the continued longevity of our facility and its services.

Q. Why should the local community support a private business?

A. Christchurch School of Gymnastics is NOT a private Business. CSG is a Not for Profit, incorporated Society, registered as a charitable entity. Our Mission statement is "to encourage, enhance and inspire physical development and life skills through Gymnastics". CSG Offers affordable, and accessible gymnastics and movement classes to children and young people of all ages and abilities who enjoy our Pre School, Recreation, Trampoline, Ninja Gym and competitive classes, each week. Schools from across Christchurch also use our facility with up to 500 children visiting in a typical week. Our fees are kept affordable, in keeping with our not for profit status, and a huge proportion of work done at CSG is by volunteers. We rely heavily on donations, grants and volunteers to keep CSG delivering the high quality recreation and competitive gymnastics programmes that we have been doing since 1968.

 Consultation now closed 29.06.2017

Thank you to everyone who engaged with Christchurch City Council about our Lease bid for our future site at QEII park. We are now working with local residents and the council to evaluate the feedback to ensure the best decision is made for the community and our club.

Public Consultation on CSG's lease bid, on QEII Park - June 2017

CSG have requested to the CCC and Community Board to site our new gymnasium on this space (marked in yellow on the map) on QEII Park. The street visible on the map is Ascot Avenue.

You can support our Lease bid by clicking here. Public consultation is open until July 3rd. We appreciate your support.

Secondary School Relocation Boosts Real-Estate Market in Christchurch's North East - Article on Stuff 10th April 2017

Click to read the article and view an artist's impression video on what the new schools on QEII Park will look like

QEII Asbestos Clean-Up in Final Phase - Article on Stuff 30th March 2017

Work to clear QEII Park of asbestos is nearing an end.

Within four or five weeks contractors will have finished removing the last of the asbestos-contaminated material that was found during the demolition of the earthquake-damaged QEII Stadium in 2012.

The Council initially looked at containing the material on site in bunds, but after extensive testing and review last year decided it would be better to permanently remove it.

The asbestos clean-up at QEII Park.

Asbestos contaminated material is being removed from QEII Park.

Since the start of this year the Christchurch City Council has had contractors working in a fenced-off area of the park cleaning and screening the material to separate out the asbestos.

The asbestos has then been removed in covered, plastic-lined bins and taken to either the Kate Valley or the Hororata landfill for safe disposal.

Project director Lee Butcher said the process had taken slightly longer than expected because of some bad weather in January but the contractors were close to finishing.

“It’s gone very well and despite the project running a bit behind schedule it is going to come in within budget,’’ Mr Butcher said.

Thorough testing would ensure the site was completely clear of asbestos before it was levelled and grassed over. Public access to that part of QEII Park could then be restored.

QEII Park is soon to be come home to some major community facilities, including the QEII Recreation and Sport Centre and the relocated Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools.

Concept Drawing of New CSG Building - 10th March 2017

Gym on the Way to New Start - Video Article on CTV - February 2017

Click to watch

Build Project Update From Chair of the CSG Board Annette Purvis - January 2017

I advised pre-xmas that the Board has committed to rebuild on QEII Park. You will have seen in the latest newsletter that a sod-turning ceremony took place for the QEII Recreation and Sport Centre. Currently the Design Committee are working with CCC in regards to where our new facility could be sited.

The Board is also in the process of appointing a contractor for Design and Project Management services. This is a key step as concept design and other information is critical not only to get the build process started but is often needed for us to approach funders to support our project.

Ideally we want to provide the best facility we can that matches the future needs of our business. Whilst we have insurance funds and some funding support already more is needed to ensure that we can achieve this. The funding committee is interested in any idea, initiatives or funding contacts so please let Avril know if you can help.

Air Monitoring at QEII - December 2016

An air monitor has been installed near the containers at QEII. This is an E-Ban monitor which has been shipped from Australia and it is logging the air live, looking for any type of elevated levels of dust. It sends the information to the engineers and also live alert messages to the mobile phone of an engineer on site. Engineers will stop all work if the dust level is too high and work out what is causing dust.
It has a filter system which can be removed to check for asbestos. Smaller air pumps on site around the work area get sampled daily with swabs sent to the lab. Results are available quickly to alert of any issues.

Excavation work close to the cricket ground is expected to start within the next few weeks. The second part of the scheduled work is removing the stock piles. This is scheduled for late January, early February. All in ground work will be completed first. The stockpiles are a small percentage of the excavation work to be carried out - less than 1 third.

A number of asbestos pipes have been broken up into the stock piles. Within 21,000 cubes of material only 4,000 cubes are expected to contain asbestos.
They aim to separate the asbestos-contaminated material out so that there is a smaller amount of material to be disposed of.

QEII Site Layout Including Potential Gymnasium Location - June 2016

Work is expected to start on the Eastern Sport and Recreation Centre in October 2016, with work set to be completed in April 2018.

The Ministry of Education expects the schools to be open and running on the site for term 1, 2019.

The QEII Recreation and Sports Centre Design is Out - 27/5/16

Warren and Mahoney have done the initial concept design for the new centre, which will be located in the heart of QEII Park and cover 4737 square metres.

    The new centre is expected to open in 2018 and will include:

  • Leisure pools
  • 25x25 metre lap pool
  • Learn to Swim pool
  • Lazy river
  • Water adventure playground
  • Spa pool
  • Steamroom and sauna
  • Toddlers' pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Hydroslide
  • Café
  • Studio
  • Meeting room
  • Ample space for car and cycle parking

>>Click for more information and to see the floor plan on the CCC website

QEII Asbestos to be Buried - Article on Stuff 28/01/16

Piles of asbestos-contaminated material at Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Park will be buried and turned into a sport field embankment under a $3.8 million plan approved by the Christchurch City Council.

The material, believed to date back to the 1970s, was discovered buried in the ground during the demolition of the old recreation and sports centre at QEII Park and was temporarily secured to prevent the potentially dangerous asbestos fibres from becoming airborne.

The material needed to be permanently dealt with so the site could be readied for the new eastern recreation and sports centre and the two high schools that planned to co-locate there.

On Thursday, councillors agreed to spend $3.8m encapsulating, or burying, the material on site and turning it into a sports field embankment.

Councillors were told that keeping the 16,000 to 20,000 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated material – about 750 truckloads – on site was a cheaper option than trucking it to an accredited disposal facility, such as the one at Kate Valley, in North Canterbury.

Transporting the material would have cost about $9m.

In a report outlining the council's proposed approach, the head of recreation and sport, John Filsell, said the area chosen to bury the material was in a part of QEII Park that would not be redeveloped, so there was a low risk it would be disturbed in the future.

The plan was to bury the material in a specially contained and bounded area and then cover it with mesh, geotextile and clean layers of soiled topped with grass. If dealt with in that way, the asbestos would not cause any harm.

Filsell said the council was under pressure to get on with remediating the site as work on both the sports centre and the schools was scheduled to begin in 2016.

"At the moment the asbestos is in a number of heaps all over the ground. It is above ground and covered . . . it is not dangerous but it is unsightly," Filsell said.

The professional advice the council received suggested there was a greater risk of the dangerous asbestos fibres becoming airborne if the material was transported to another location than if it was buried on site.

Cr David East said the asbestos piles had created some concern in the community surrounding QEII, and the sooner the council dealt with them the better.

"I'm really confident that this is the best solution we can come to for the disposal of the asbestos in this area," East said.

Cr Yani Johanson said he believed the council should be going down the more expensive route of transporting the asbestos to a proper disposal site.

He was uncomfortable with the idea of leaving the material on site as there was a risk, albeit small, that it could be disturbed in the future.

"Although the risk may be small, I don't believe it is worth leaving that residual risk hanging around for a long time," Johanson said.

Cr Phil Clearwater said the advice from medical experts was that undisturbed asbestos in the ground did not cause harm and, for that reason, he supported the plan to bury the material.

QEII Sports House Demolished - Article on Stuff 26/01/2016

Photo by Keep QEII in the East

Sports House, one of the last remaining buildings at Christchurch's Queen Elizabeth II Park, is being demolished.

Contractors moved in on Tuesday to bring down the 103-year-old building, after Christchurch City Council gave the go-ahead for demolition late last year.

All elements of the building were significantly damaged in Canterbury's earthquakes and structural weaknesses made it earthquake prone and unsafe to enter, the council said.

The building was contaminated with asbestos.

The council decided in October to approve the building's demolition because it did not have the money to repair it.

Repairing the building would have cost between $2 million and $3m. Repairing and relocating the building was estimated to cost $3.6m.

Nearby resident Ross Johnston said he was sad to see the building go because it was an icon in the area. He remembered when it was used by the New Brighton Trotting Club. 

Before the quakes, the building was used by sports administration groups including Sport Canterbury and Canterbury Cricket.

The 1913 building was not heritage listed, and had been extensively modified. 

Burwood-Pegasus Community Board chairwoman Andrea Cummings said last year the board decided to support the building's demolition with "great reluctance".

Eastern Recreation and Sports Centre Decision - from Christchurch City Council 10/12/15

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Hi Everyone,

I'm thrilled that the Council today signed off the water toys and other leisure attractions that will feature in the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre following the Your Play, Your Say campaign. There are also some changes to the scope that reflect feedback received from residents during the campaign.

This facility will be a great asset for our community and will be a place where people of all ages can take part in recreational activities and have fun. We're looking forward to construction beginning next year.

The media release below will be sent out shortly and contains more information.

Andrea Cummings
Burwood–Pegasus Community Board

Residents choose Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre water toys

Christchurch City Council has approved a range of water toys and other leisure attractions for residents of all ages that will feature in the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre on QEII Park.

The Council today agreed with a Burwood–Pegasus Community recommendation to go ahead with a range of water toys that were the most popular choices among residents who responded to the recent Your Play, Your Say campaign.

The six-week Your Play, Your Say campaign finished on 30 October and gave residents the chance to have their say about the water toys and other leisure attractions they would like to see in the new facility when it opens in 2018.

The water toys are:

• A hydroslide
• A water adventure playground
• A toddlers' pool
• A lazy river with strong jets
• Leisure water area with beach entry
• Aqua toys
• Inflatable water toys

The Council today also approved a revised scope for the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre. The Burwood–Pegasus Community Board recommended a number of changes to the scope that was approved in June this year, following feedback received during the Your Play, Your Say campaign. The recommendations include reducing the moveable floor to half the pool area; increasing the size of the learners'/warm water pool to a 25 metre by 10 metre pool; increasing the number of multi-function wet/dry rooms and changing the design of the spa pool.

Other features in the original scope that will remain the same include a 25 metre 10-lane pool; a toddlers' pool area; a learn to swim pool; spa pool; steam room and sauna; fitness centre; spin rooms and café.

The water toys and the revised scope will now be presented to architects from Warren and Mahoney, who are currently working on the concept design for the new facility.

Burwood–Pegasus Community Board Chair Andrea Cummings says residents have clearly made their views heard over the water toys and other leisure attractions that will be included in the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre. "We wanted to hear from the young people and their families who will be using the new facility and we were thrilled with their feedback, with more than 1000 responses received. We're looking forward to seeing what the architects come up with now that they have a clear direction about how residents want to have fun in their new facility."

During the Your Play, Your Say campaign, residents had the chance to provide feedback online, at drop-in sessions at selected libraries or events such as the New Brighton Markets. The Council received more than 300 ideas from school pupils at schools in the East who presented them to Mayor Lianne Dalziel at an event to launch the campaign on 17 September.

The Council has set aside $37 million to build the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre, which includes $6.5 million for water toys and other leisure attractions from Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust. The Council recognises the Trust's generous contribution to this part of the facility.

Construction of the Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre is scheduled to begin in September 2016 and it is expected the facility will open in 2018.

Eastern Recreation and Sports Centre Update - from Christchurch City Council 20/8/15

Hi everyone,

We're pleased to reach another milestone in the development of the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre on QEII Park, with the appointment of a project team to undertake the concept design.

Warren and Mahoney with subconsultants Powell Fenwick Consultants, Holmes Consulting Group, Tonkin & Taylor, Acoustic Engineering Services, Resource Management Group, Traffic Design Group and Boffa Miskell are the multidisciplinary team chosen to progress the concept design. This is the first phase of the design process and is expected to be completed in March next year.

Collectively, this team brings a wealth of experience to the project. They have recently worked on a number of pool developments including Dudley Park Aquatic Centre in Rangiora, Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Rolleston, Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centre in Papanui, the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa redevelopment and the EA Networks Centre in Ashburton.

The Council agreed in June that the Burwood/Pegasus Community Board should have sign-off on each part of the concept design for the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre, on behalf of the community.

It agreed the team working on the design of the facility should engage with the community board to ensure that the views of the wider community are incorporated into the concept design.
With this in mind, consultants will meet the Burwood/Pegasus Community Board on 7 September to begin discussions around the design brief for the facility. They will continue to meet regularly as the project progresses.

We're planning to carry out community engagement during September and October which will enable the community board to assist the consultants to further develop the design brief. We'll advertise how you can have input once we have finalised details.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2016, with the facility expected to open in 2018.

We'll continue to keep you updated as this exciting project for Eastern Christchurch progresses.

Alistair McGuffie
Unit Manager
Major Facilities Rebuild
Christchurch City Council

Up to 8 houses will be stored by Community Housing trust on QEII Park for up to 6 months from July 2015.

Click here to read the memo about it.

"Community is not to blame for delaying eastern pool complex" Article on - 13/5/15

Blaming the community for a delay in the development of a $39 million pool facility in eastern Christchurch is unfair and unwarranted, advisory group members say.

Members of the group have hit back at claims made by Christchurch City Council major facilities rebuild unit manager Alistair McGuffie that the project has been delayed for two months because some people in the community had a desire to build a 50-metre pool.

The advisory group members say the delay lies solely with the council.

Advisory group member Evan Smith said the length of the pool was "a red herring" and was distracting attention away from the real concerns the group had about the capacity of the facility.

The group was not pushing for a 50-metre pool, but it was concerned the proposed facility would not meet the community's need especially with the co-location of Avonside Girls' High School and Shirley Boys' High School.

"It might be that a 25m by 25m pool can meet the needs but we're yet to see any evidence that is the case," Smith said.

"The problem for me is the way the staff have bulldozed us through. We never got the chance to work things through. We never got the information we needed."

The council has already agreed on a plan to build a 10-lane, 25m pool with hydroslides at the former Queen Elizabeth II site, along with a leisure area, toddlers' pool, learn-to-swim pool, spa steam room and sauna, changing rooms fitness centre, cafe, meeting rooms and parking for 200 cars.

In March, the community advisory group told the council of its concerns about the scope and the council decided to hold a workshop with the community board and the advisory group.

Smith left the workshop early out of "sheer frustration", but it had nothing to do with a 50m pool, he said.

The community involvement had been "stage managed" to meet the council's own agenda, Smith said.

"The truth is that it has been the approach and attitude of CCC staff that has delayed this project. Their old school 'we know best' approach led them to shut down the CAG engagement on the scope prematurely."

Group spokesman Robert Jugovac also shared many of Smith's concerns.

"To blame the community for poor council behaviours is insulting in the extreme," he said.

There was disagreement with the scope, but no-one in the community expected to get everything they wanted, he said.

"The fundamental issue is that the council has failed to follow its own rules and promises to the community."

Jugovac said it appeared the scope was pre-determined and would not cope with the demand, but all that was needed was for the council to truly engage with the community and then the project could proceed quickly.

"But better to sort it now rather than build a poor facility which the community will have to suffer with for years."

Council recreation and sports unit manager John Filsell said the council recognised the importance of engaging and partnering with the community and has done so since the project's inception in June 2012.

"We are committed to this project and want the community to be happy with this facility."

The council was also proposing to build pools in Hornby and LInwood, while the Metro Sports facility would also be used by schools.

 - Stuff

"Eastern pool Development Delayed by Indecision" Article on - 11/5/15

Development of the $39 million pool facility for Christchurch's eastern suburbs is being delayed because the community cannot agree on the size of the pool.

The Eastern Recreation and Sports Centre has already been delayed for two months because some people in the community had a desire to have a 50-metre pool, Christchurch City Council major facilities rebuild unit manager Alistair McGuffie said.

"I don't think we've got enough ground swell of agreement from the community on the scope," McGuffie told council's communities, housing and economic development committee meeting last week.

"I don't believe I have the mandate to go out to the market place to get expressions of interest from a design team."

It comes as the Government on Friday announced that the completion of the metro sports facility - which includes a 50-metre pool - would be delayed until early 2020.

Earlier this year, the council and the Burwood-Pegasus Community Board agreed on a plan to build a 10-lane, 25-metre pool with hydroslides at the former Queen Elizabeth II site, along with a leisure area, toddlers' pool, learn-to-swim pool, spa steam room and sauna, changing rooms fitness centre, cafe, meeting rooms and parking for 200 cars.

In March, the community advisory group told the council the scope would not have the capacity to meet community demands, especially since the pool would also be used by Shirley Boys' High School and Avonside Girls' High School, which will co-locate next door.

The advisory group said the council had failed to live up to its promise to consult with the community about what would be included in the centre, and had failed to live up to a decision made in 2012 to build two pools of 35m and 25m.

In response to those concerns, the council decided to hold a workshop with the community board and the advisory group. It is understood the workshop was contentious and led to two community advisory group members walking out.

Community board chairwoman Andrea Cummings said there were differing opinions from both the board and the advisory group about how big the pool should be. 

"Nobody wanted to see it delayed. We want to get it [the project] started again as fast as possible."

The board had now agreed on a process to determine how the project's scope could be decided, she said. It was likely to be considered by council this month. She admitted this could lead to more delay but believed it was better to have a delay and get an outcome the community was happy with.

At the council committee meeting last week Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck asked if a 50-metre pool could be built within the existing budget. Council recreation and sports unit manager John Filsell said no. 

"Then it's quite simple isn't it? We cannot build a 50-metre pool within the budget and there's no proposal to increase that budget," Buck said.

McGuffie said he was not able to go out and get design information on a 50-metre pool just to "appease" the community when there was no money available for it.

"I'd be throwing ratepayers money down the drain."

Linda Stewart, a member of both the community board and the advisory group, said the board wanted the council to use the proceeds of the sale of land to the Ministry of Education to pay for a bigger pool.

 - Stuff

Update on the "Keep QEII in the East" Facebook page - 20/04/15

Fantastic listening to the community board reps at the board meeting tonight regarding the prospective MOE land purchase of QEII. It was a long wait until they got onto the topic, and probably just as long waiting for them to decide what to agree to regarding wording of the decisions.

I am glad to say they all seem to be supportive that the ESR facility (QEII replacement) get the priority choice over the schools and that Community Consultation needs to take place soon, not only over the siting of the schools and the facility but also for the future of the entire site. For example, the future of the golf course land, the village green, the fitness circuit track, the memorial oaks, car park areas, etc, etc.

Linda Stewart made a good comment asking that any money the council gets from the sale of the land should be put back into our ward, or even the new facility. Doubt of it would happen, but it really should. As she said we lost a $120 million dollar facility and all we are getting is $30 million, which seems to get us less and less each year.

I had to leave the meeting before they finished discussing QEII. But it sounded like the board has been listening to us and trying to help us keep what is important to us East and important to our Sports and Recreation here.

It was also nice to hear Mene Mene (from Rawhiti Golf Club and a competitor at the 1974 Commonwealth Games) mention QEII in the Rawhiti Golf presentation. His entire family have been NZ Sporting Reps and he said he feels great sadness every time he drives past QEII and would love to see the area become a sport and rec location again.

Update on the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre from Andrea Cummings - Chairperson Burwood-Pegasus Community Board - 12/03/2015:

I’m delighted to confirm that the Council has today agreed to go ahead with the design of the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre on QEII Park.


The Council also agreed staff should continue to have discussions with the Ministry of Education regarding the location of the proposed recreation and sport centre and Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools, which are being rebuilt on the site.


The Council decision comes after the Burwood–Pegasus Community Board recommended at its 16 February meeting that the Council should move to the design of the facility.


It was also decided at today’s Council meeting that a joint workshop will be held to further discuss the scope of the new facility.  Representatives from the Council’s Communities, Housing and Economic Development Committee, the Burwood–Pegasus Community Board and the Community Advisory Group ( which includes representatives from a group of eight community and sport organisations in north east Christchurch) will attend the workshop.


Today’s decision is another huge step towards the realisation of the new recreation and sport centre and we’re looking forward to seeing the plans for the facility begin to take shape. We’ll be undertaking ground improvement works in mid-2016 before beginning construction in late 2016. The new facility is expected to open in 2018.


Features proposed for the facility include a 25 x 25 metre lane pool, toddlers’ pool area, leisure area/water attractions, outdoor/BBQ areas, a fitness centre, group exercise studio and a café. The exact scope of the facility will be determined through the design process.


As you are aware, the Council last year carried out geotechnical investigations of QEII Park to determine the suitability of the site. We’ll be carrying out more detailed site investigations during the design phase to help us confirm the type of facility we’ll build.


I’m excited about what this decision means for the eastern suburbs and am looking forward to updating you as the project progresses.


For a copy of the media release that went out today visit


To see a copy of the Council report visit


Andrea Cummings


Burwood–Pegasus Community Board