Fi­nal steps due on path to events cen­tre

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A de­ci­sion on the de­sign and builder of the South Waikato’s $5 mil­lion indoor events cen­tre is due to­mor­row.

South Waikato District Coun­cil will dis­cuss the de­sign of the cen­tre dur­ing a pub­licex­cluded por­tion of its meet­ing to­mor­row.

The coun­cil has four de­signs from four dif­fer­ent firms to con­sider. The quar­tet of de­signs were short­listed from 25 pro­pos­als for the events cen­tre.

A com­mit­tee in­clud­ing mayor Neil Sin­clair, district coun­cil­lors, coun­cil staff and ex­perts in events, sport and recre­ation had con­sid­ered the four de­signs dur­ing two meet­ings in De­cem­ber.

To­mor­row one of the four plans would be rec­om­mended to coun­cil.

Mr Sin­clair said the favoured de­sign needed ‘‘to be tweaked’’ and fur­ther ne­go­ti­a­tions with the firm be­hind that de­sign had taken place last week.

The indoor events cen­tre will be lo­cated at the Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports­grounds.

It will fea­ture a two-court hall with per­ma­nent seat­ing for 300 with an in­creased ca­pac­ity when only one court is in use, a flat floor area to suit the likes of mar­tial arts, dance and aer­o­bics, and a meet­ing/ func­tion room for con­fer­ences and small civic or com­mu­nity events.

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