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Playing Well Together

RDT Pacific provided Project Management and Quantity Surveying (Cost Management) services for this design and build project. This comprised a new two storey link building and viewing platform between Howick Squash Club and Cockle Bay Tennis Club’s existing clubrooms, and an attached Softball Clubroom extension. There were also associated site works and landscaping within the Meadowlands reserve. The Squash and Tennis clubs needed to remain fully operational during the construction process.

Numerous shared facilities were designed into the complex, in keeping with Manukau City Council’s Community and Facilities Plan of 2005 – which aims to bring sports clubs together in shared spaces rather than individual buildings scattered around reserves.

For councils, multi-use facilities like this make sense from a number of perspectives. They represent efficient use of urban or suburban real estate and require less civil work and service infrastructure. Once operational, maintenance and operating costs are shared by users. Such facilities often have flexibility built in: for example, at Meadowlands, the Squash Club’s movable walls can accommodate other sports in the future if needed. There are also wider community benefits, broadening the inclusivity of such facilities, and enabling clubs to support each other in reaching common goals, such as fundraising or marketing.

Funding for the Meadowlands project came from a number of sources. These included the three clubs, the Botany, Howick and Pakuranga Community Boards, Manukau City Council (Parks), in addition to a number of charitable foundations. As well as tightly managing the project, the RDT Pacific team provided regular, separate reporting to facilitate quick decision making by the various stakeholders, ensuring the construction team could meet the tight deadline of the funding period expiry dates.

Mike Hanson guided decision makers, technical specialists and other stakeholders through a process of consultation and collaboration, to provide value based outcomes that considered the many varied interests of the clubs and funders. The Multisport Committee, under the leadership of its Chair Mark Templeman, proved itself to be energetic and constructive in incorporating the needs of the three clubs. The project was fully funded within the anticipated budget, even providing a surplus to start a Sinking Fund for future maintenance and upgrades of the Centre’s buildings and grounds.

Colin Davies, member of the Multisport Committee and previous Squash Club Chair said the reaction to the smooth running of the project had been very positive. “Project Manager Mike Hanson has done a fantastic job, with a mixture of knowledge, patience, perseverance and a fair amount of humour.”

RDT People: Mike Hanson (Project Manager), Khai Tan (Senior Quantity Surveyor)

“Project Manager Mike Hanson has done a fantastic job, with a mixture of knowledge, patience, perseverance and a fair amount of humour.”
– Colin Davies, Multisport Committee member