Gore Ice Arena

 

The Gore multisports complex was the first building to be constructed in New Zealand incorporating an Ice Rink and Aquatic Centre utilising the rejected heat from the ice making process to heat the pool water. The building has won numerous design awards for its energy efficiency after completion.

Signal was engaged by two separate organisations, Ice Sports Southland and Gore District Council, to prepare a master plan for the development of an indoor recreation complex housing an ice-rink, community swimming pool and multi-purpose courts, on a selected 'green-field' site. Extensive consultation was required with stakeholder groups, including sporting groups, community interest groups, and Council staff including management and research on project delivery best practice and community recreation facility design.

Funded entirely from community sources, the $10.5M multisports complex was planned in three stages. The first of these, the $1.7M Olympic sized ice-rink, was completed over a five month construction period. Home for the New Zealand Figure Skating Championships, the new rink provided immediate growth of around 50% in seasonal patronage for Ice Sports Southland.

As project and construction manager Signal then managed the construction and implementation of the Aquatic Centre which includes main, learners, leisure, hydrotherapy and spa pools together with seating for 200 spectators, a multi-purpose meeting room with conferencing capability and associated car parking.