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Space age centre lands in Wellington

Space age centre lands in Wellington

It’s been described as “space-age” in look and feel, but you only have to travel as far as Wellington to see the latest architectural endeavour from Athfield Architects – a $3.35 million undercover sports centre built on the grounds of Scots College. 

Architect Jeremy Perrott said the buidling’s space-age qualities have been a “talking point”. It’s space age qualities are in part due to the unique materials used in the build, including rib-like laminated curved timber beams that are covered by translucent polycarbonate sheeting to give the venue a light and airy feel. The result, said Perrot, is a facility that can be used day and night in any weather, and at any time of year, without giving you “that feeling of being enclosed”. 

The building may have been customised for cricket practice use, but  handy little button means that with one push, the cricket nets can be retracted into the ceiling, leaving only the 800m2 playing turf surface, which has multiple sports use. 

“I see this building as a symbol of what’s possible when you really set your mind to something. I am incredibly proud of the way our community has pulled together to make it happen,” said the college’s headmaster Graeme Yule.

Sports centre number crunching 

* 1350m2 (sq metres) of Polycarbonate Sheeting

* 800m2 (sq metres) of Tiger Turf

* 300 linear metres of Glulam timber beam used (1170 linear metres of timber purlins)

* Ceiling Height = 5m in the middle (working ceiling height of 4.5m)

* Floor Space = 800m2 of playing surface and 200m2 of amenity space

* Approx 273 days (or 195 working days) to build

* 1 of a kind in Wellington Region