There are no aspersions whatsoever being cast on Ewan Soper or his executive work for the Carisbrook Stadium Trust by the two authors at What if?
Some call it a challenge but what a dreadful combination for a senior administrator to oversee in this next phase of stadium development: ensuring construction meets the completion deadline to secure the government’s $15M grant and a host of other complex requirements – with a case heading to the Court of Appeal in the preliminary period; and setting up a new events management business in a ‘too small’ town of competing and factional events and venues interests. OMG.
We know an early hearing at the Court of Appeal can be applied for, but what are the chances given the workloads of the Court.
Will the $15M offer of government funding to deadline be treated as a reason to move the Appeal up the priority list? We expect transparency and accountability from the Court around this – justice on the one hand and government pressure(?) on the other. Who wins? – and that’s before the appeal process itself gets under way.
In the global scheme of things, the Otago stadium can be seen as a relatively uncomplicated, low-value building. Is the CST job description likely to be solved by recruiting one individual? Or by utilising a tight team or partnership approach ‘at the top’?
DCC should be looking at Populous, formerly known as HOK Sport Venue Event (the firm rebranded recently). As we know, it’s one of the world’s leading design firms.
If Dunedin City Council wants the Otago stadium to actually work for its living, then the council shouldn’t go past recruiting from “the field” of proven experts it has an existing relationship with.
We know Populous costs, but so will getting it wrong by recruiting from anaerobic depths of the incompetence food chain.
Populous has some of the world’s finest and most experienced architects and event managers.
Populous is a global design practice specialising in creating environments that draw people and communities together for unforgettable experiences.
With clarity of vision and purpose, all of the people, portfolio, capabilities and expertise of the architectural firm formerly known as HOK Sport Venue Event continue as Populous.