Designing for Community Rejuvenation
In February 2011, New Zealand experienced the biggest disruption to their everyday lives, when an earthquake struck Christchurch in the South Island. The outdoor active population sunk to around 400,000. Sporting grounds as well as individuals lost their homes and identity but the New Zealand traditions, values and ability to rebuild, still remained as strong as ever.
Polytan happily took on the Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub Project to help the Christchurch Council create new sports surfaces for 18 outdoor and 6 indoor tennis courts, a full athletics track and arena, 2 turf surfaces for hockey and 2 synthetic fields for rugby league. The advanced Rekortan Gel 13 surface for the athletics track is the first in the region to be installed.
Polytan are proudly working to help cater the daily needs of recreational and educational communities. By doing so we are giving the community a place where they can share experiences, perform or observe sport in a place where they belong.
Polytan is reinventing this community with the goal of empowering athletes from grassroots through to Olympians to achieve their greatest performance at a state of the art facility, bringing incredible value to the community of Christchurch.
Take a look at the time lapse video below, showing the construction to date.