Congratulations, Cantabrians! According to The Press, when it comes to productivity, your region is outperforming the rest of the country. Also, due mainly to the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes, there is plenty of construction work available. So, if you are builder, carpenter, labourer or hammerhand looking for permanent or casual work, Christchurch really is a land of opportunity. Here three construction projects currently underway.
1: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
Before the earthquakes, Christchurch’s share of the business event market was about 20%. Now, though, it is less than 10%, which means the ‘Garden City’ is losing out on approximately $90 million annually. Te Pae will rectify this situation, and supported by retail stores, restaurants and accommodation, it will be a world-class convention and exhibitions facility. Tradies laid concrete for the foundations in November 2017, and the facility should be open for business halfway through 2020.
2: Metro Sports Facility
Due for completion in 2021, the more than 30,000m² sports facility will sit on a 70,000m2 central city site bordering Stewart Street, Moorhouse Avenue, St Asaph Street and Antigua Street. Featuring a 50-metre, 10-lane swimming pool, a diving pool, large aquatic leisure area and five hydro slides, Metro will be the largest venue of its kind in New Zealand. Earthworks will start this year, and main construction work will begin in 2019.
3: The East Frame
East Frame consists of 900 townhouses and apartments as well as Rauora Park — central Christchurch’s third-largest open space. The project will be ideal for city living and, hopefully, cafes, restaurants and cultural events will spring up around it.
Rauora Park was completed in December 2017. Work on the townhouses started in March this year and should be complete by September.
For a piece of the action, work for a labour-hire company
To get involved in projects like these, working for a labour-hire company can be a ‘just the ticket.’ For example, Trade Assist has long-term industry relationships that enable us to place candidates with leading construction companies. So, working for a labour-hire company can open the door to exciting opportunities that are hard to come when you are committed to just one building company.