Despite significant opposition to the project, largely due to the expected cost of a stadium that might find limited use, the Dunedin City Council voted 12-2 in favour of proceeding with the project on 17 March 2008.
They engaged Hawkins to construct the most Southerly stadium in the world in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2011.
Dunedin City Council’s aims:
What we did:
Hawkins was involved in delivering a number of building projects throughout New Zealand in readiness for Rugby World Cup 2011, but it was Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin that was at the core of our efforts.
Built on 3.1 hectares of reclaimed land overlooking Otago Harbour, the new indoor stadium facility (New Zealand’s first undercover stadium and largest indoor multipurpose arena) has a capacity of 30,000 for sporting events and more than 35,000 for concerts. Forsyth Barr Stadium is a purpose-built, highly versatile facility capable of hosting all kinds of business, entertainment, community and educational conferences and events.
We led the team that constructed the stadium between 2009 and 2011. With only 25 months from being awarded the project to completion, time was tight. In order to ensure supplies were at the stadium on time for installation, we started by computer modelling the project, and were able to deliver it on time thanks to this.
We reached practical completion on Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday July 22nd, 2011. Since then the stadium has hosted a number of sporting and music events including the inaugural game, a pre-season match between Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar, on 20 August 2011, and musical performances by international artists Elton John, Paul Simon and Aerosmith.