Hagley Oval Pavilion

Hagley Oval Pavilion

With the world of sport looking to Christchurch for the official opening of the Cricket World Cup 2015; New Zealand Cricket put their faith in Southbase Construction and weren't disappointed, with an architecturally award winning pavilion delivered on time.

Client New Zealand Cricket

Dates January 2014 - September 2014

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Key Project Facts


This impressive, award-winning two-storey facility in the heart of Hagley Park is surrounded by a grass embankment complementing one of New Zealand’s premier cricket grounds. The building is a concrete and steel structure covered with a Tensioned Membrane Roof, and is designed to facilitate the match operations, players and spectators.

Southbase was formally engaged at the start of Detailed Design phase with only nine months to complete the project. A non-negotiable timeframe (it had to be ready for the Cricket World Cup 2015), the high specification design detail, and the number of stakeholders involved made it a challenging but rewarding project for the Southbase team.

Challenges and Solutions

From the outset, Southbase adopted an open, honest and collaborative approach with the Design Team and Client. Innovative thinking and pragmatic recommendations, as well as early buy-in from Southbase’s valued network of sub-contractors, was crucial to achieving budget and timeframe milestones and to ensuring an optimal construction process.

The Tensioned Membrane Roof relied on the support of a substantial structure. Designed as an IL3 building, Southbase had to design and deliver innovative installation options to counter the logistic issues in Hagley Park. Speciality exterior cladding and internal feature soffit were used in the build, along with other alternatives offered and accepted by the Client, to provide significant project cost savings.

Under the Christchurch City Council suitability monitoring process, Southbase made every effort to maximise recyclable material percentages in order to fulfill and exceed sustainability requirements during the duration of the project.