`Heavy construction’ done

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Stage one of the Waimate Event Centre is set to be completed by June or July.
In a report to the Waimate District Council environmental services and finance committee, which met last Tuesday, council property and regulatory manager Sue Kelly said stage one was on track.
Another report, compiled by John Wilson, of Thompson Construction and Engineering, said all “heavy construction” was complete, and work was now in the fit-out stage.
Stage one of the $3.8 million project includes two sports courts, ablutions, a function room, offices, a meeting room and the main entrance area. A mid-level floor, which includes a viewing area and extra space above the ground floor office, was completed early this year.
Stage two _ demolishing the existing court area, building a fitness centre and ablutions block and improving the existing squash club social area _ has gained full consent.
The main priority now was to have areas ready for International Sports Surfaces Ltd to start laying the event centre’s timber floor.
That is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.
Work being undertaken includes external painting and interior plastering, installing soffits, skylights, some flashings, and the canopy for the main entrance.
Floor coverings have been ordered for the changing room area, which are expected to be laid in about four weeks.
Work to be done over the next four weeks includes suspended ceilings, internal joinery and all work on the outside of the building.
The council has received a Lotteries Grant Board grant of $450,000.
Another grant of $50,000 can be applied for from the Lotteries Commission when the project is complete.
Alpine Energy has given $250,000, Waimate Health Development contributed $125,000 and the Waimate Basketball Association $7500.
Waimate residents had to raise $950,000 to ensure the project could go ahead, a target that was reached several months ago. The centre should be complete in December.