Auckland architects slash PNG Games design time

Auckland architects slash PNG Games design time

We don’t often hear about projects being completed ahead of time so it counts as news that Auckland architect Peddle Thorp has finished the design and drawings for $160 million worth of Papua New Guinea sporting projects, cutting 25% of the design time for facilities associated with the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

Peddle Thorp was awarded the first two of the three design and project management contracts for a 15,000sqm Taurama Aquatic Centre and Indoor Complex, as well as the refurbishment of the existing Sir John Guise outdoor sports stadium.

According to the company, the early design delivery of the first two projects meant the outdoor sports stadium project was extended to include the refurbishment of an adjacent indoor centre.

Peddle Thorp director Terry Barnes says the design programme took nine months to complete, when projects of a similar size could be expected to take at least 12 months.  

“We got the job done in nine months simply by working without the often constant intervention of outside consultants with conflicting agendas,” says Barnes. “It’s an unusual way of doing things and frankly I can’t recall ever before working to this extent of time and production efficiency in a 35 year career. But it’s been a great process and it works. The comprehensive team of representatives from all disciplines became the backbone of our internal ‘Consortium’. We are all working to achieve the same objectives and the collegial working environment has been helped in no small way by a partnering agreement within the consortium.”

Peddle Thorp initially pitched for a new national stadium in Port Moresby however the facilities required for the games were reprioritised. The consortium re-pitched for the design and project management of the new Taurama Aquatic Centre and Indoor Complex as well as the refurbishment of the existing Sir John Guise Indoor and Outdoor facilities.

“We had to adjust our services and come up with designs that would meet the brief, create excitement, comply with the various sporting codes, the local building standards, and most important, could be built in time for the games and games prelims,” says Barnes.

“The turnkey nature of the project was necessary because the client group consists mainly of volunteers with limited back-up resources and they report directly to the PNG government. Their commitment to getting these projects completed for the games has been extraordinary”, he adds.

The projects are subject to international sporting federation requirements and audits expected for Olympic-standard facilities as well as the approval of various stakeholders and PNG sports federations who will inherit the facility.

The outdoor stadium is currently out for construction tender and the indoor refurbishment project is in design with construction programmed to start in early 2014. The two primary projects are scheduled to be complete and handed over to the Games Venue Committee in March 2015.

The Taurama Aquatic Centre and Indoor Sports Complex is hosting swimming, volleyball, taekwondo and karate events for the 2015 games. The Sir John Guise Stadium upgrade is to meet IAAF standards for international track and field events, as well as improved indoor facilities for basketball and weightlifting and boxing event services. The stadium will be used as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2015 South Pacific Games. It will also provide an enduring facility for athletics, football, rugby and rugby league at all levels from training and age group competitions to international matches.