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Farewelling our previous turf and welcoming HG Hero Eden Park Edition has been a project years in the making. With many logistics, equipment and contractors required, it has been a collaborative effort to ensure we deliver the best possible outcome for New Zealand’s national stadium.” Blair Christiansen, Turf Manager, Eden Park.
“Mexteds have been really easy to deal with – good communication and delivering a world-class solution and something that is pretty unique, being a privately-owned facility.” Jamie Tout, NZCIS Director
The Ngā Puna Wai sports hub is a major Christchurch development to replace athletics, hockey, tennis and rugby facilities lost in the Canterbury earthquakes.
Mexteds won the contract to build two community fields and two rugby league fields for head contractor, HEB Construction.
In March 2018 we began work on the two community fields. We laser levelled the sub-grade before installing 4,000 metres of primary drains, followed by 20,000 metres of secondary sand-slit drainage, using our twin-wheeled trencher. We then spread and laser-levelled 100mm of turf sand before grassing, fertilising and managing the grow-in.
The community fields were successfully handed over to the Christchurch City Council in October.
“To provide an advantage with our tender we desired a sub-contractor that was at the leading edge of sports turf innovation and one that would provide a product for the client that was completed to a higher standard and quicker than our competitors. From the tender submissions received, the decision to partner with Mexteds on Ngā Puna Wai was a no brainer.
"I know the Hurricanes personnel were impressed with the quality of the pitch and enjoyed working with the team on co-ordination of the event. I was super proud."
Mexteds successfully tendered to construct a new international wicket block and outfield at Hagley Oval ahead of the International Cricket World Cup in 2015.
The first stage involved installing 350 metres of collector drains and 2,250 metres of lateral drains to receive the water from secondary sandslits in the outfield.
At the same time we removed five existing first class wicket blocks and built a new 11 strip wicket.
Andrew Rutledge, the technical expert project manager, designed the innovative inverted oval saucer profile, with gradual falls in all directions from the cricket block to the outfield.
Using 3D modelling and our TotalStation system, the required heights were programmed into our Fendt tractors to achieve the perfect grades.
Mexteds also installed the irrigation system, before grassing the new wicket and outfield and managing the grow-in.
These images tell the story of how Mexteds carried out the project
This redevelopment continues to deliver top results, with Hagley Park being named 'International Pitch of the Year' four times in the last five years by New Zealand Cricket.
“Huge credit has to go to Steve [Mexted], Andrew [Rutledge] and Rupert [Bool] who have led this project professionally, passionately and expertly.” Lee Germon, former chief executive, Canterbury Cricket.
“The drainage Mexteds have put in is pretty incredible. Immediately we have seen the effects of the primary drainage, but we also know we can make it better with the secondary drainage. We’re getting very good feedback from users of the park.”
– Mark Hammond, Parks Officer, Kāpiti Coast District Council