Daily Archives: December 7, 2009

Stadiums don’t build themselves

Someone famous once said, the only way to get big things done, is to use lots and lots and lots of people.

This is true for the Forsyth Barr Stadium construction team. From the architects and designers, the engineers and planners and through to the hard manual work done by those in steel capped boots and hard hats.

While we can all marvel at the big machines, there is an astonishing large amount of work done as you would expect by hand. This is a small tribute to some of these people.

Posted by Paul Le Comte. Images ©PLC 2009


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Regeneration of Gateshead

How Think Big should be remembered/envisioned.

Gateshead Council is about to embark on one of the BIGGEST ever housing regeneration projects in the UK. We are looking for Joint Venture Partners to work with us and deliver new housing for a variety of Gateshead residents. This once in a lifetime deal will transform and revitalise areas of Gateshead for the future.

We have already built a successful reputation based on our imaginative and groundbreaking approach to regeneration. This continues today with our ongoing developments in the town centre, our £300m Baltic Business Quarter and other Quayside developments.

And now we have another project – it’s a BIG deal for us, for our communities and for the partners who work with us.

If you’ve got the VISION, we’ve got the OPPORTUNITIES and together we can TRANSFORM Gateshead – JOIN US

Posted by Paul Le Comte

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Coastal protection zones

### ODT Online Mon, 7 Dec 2009
Public to have say on coastal reserves
By Chris Morris
Members of the public have until mid-January* to have their say on a new management plan for coastal reserves around Dunedin. Dunedin City Council staff have identified 11 coastal reserves across the city – including at Brighton, Karitane, Long Beach, Ocean View, Waikouaiti and Warrington – to be reclassified under the council’s draft coastal dune reserve management plan.
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*There is no way the closing date for submissions would be mid-January.
DCC will need to correct press statements in accordance with its website information.

The Dunedin City Council website entry says:

Draft Coastal Dune Reserves Management Plan
Consultation Starts 25/11/2009
Closes* 12/03/2010


The Dunedin City Council has prepared a draft management plan for those reserves that are located in the coastal dune environment.

The Draft Management Plan includes the following reserves that are vested in the Dunedin City Council:

* Brighton Reserve
* Island Park Reserve
* Karitane Esplanade Reserves
* Karitane Spit
* Kuri Bush Reserve
* Long Beach reserve
* Ocean Grove Reserve
* Ocean View Reserve
* Te Rauone Reserve
* Waikouaiti Domain (Beachfront area)
* Warrington Reserve

Interested parties are invited to lodge written submissions on the draft Plan. Submissions must be received by the Dunedin City Council before 5pm Friday 12 March 2010. For further information please contact the Dunedin City Council by phoning 477 4000.

Consultation documents

The reports and documents are available here in .PDF format.

Draft Coastal Management Plan (PDF, 821.9 kb, new window)
The Draft Management Plan includes the reserves that are vested in the Dunedin City Council:

Submission Form (PDF, 13.3 kb, new window)
Use this form to lodge your submission

Appendices to the Plan (PDF, 2.6 mb, new window)

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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Stadium Open Day

{Update – ODT Link Curious Flock to Stadium Site}

In the first of what will be a series of Open Days, the construction site was opened to the public today in the form of a gold coin donation to the Rotary Club.

While the weather was less than favourable (indeed atrocious when I was there near the end), the estimates of 1500-2000+ numbers through the gate is a great effort.

You entered the complex and were treated to some nifty multimedia courtesy of the WIC stadium time lapse construction images. I liked this, it’s a nice way to instantly make you feel like this is not just a throw the doors open and have a look event.

One of the great advantages of this building site is the fact that there are still roads running through it, and construction (and hence we visitors) aren’t battling the mud all day every day. Unfortunately, as you’ll see from the pics, the weather was bad and got worse. There was food and coffee for all to enjoy before they started the tour.

Construction on the North Stand is well under way, with the first of the main columns now emerging out of the footings.

There were plenty of drawings and other material to help you decipher what was taking place around you.

Of course the most prominent work to date has been on the main South Stand.

You can see that the visitors needed protection from the weather.

Despite the weather, there were plenty of construction folk about to answer every conceivable question put to them.

More of the main South Stand.

Some people are going to remember this for a long time to come!

There is of course lots of steel within the concrete of the structure.

More folk to lend a hand or word of wisdom about the structure and construction.

In this view from the south looking north you can start to appreciate the scale of the construction, (if I’m not wrong) the top outside trusses of the structure will be roughly the height of the tops of the cranes pictured. Looking front left you can see an example of the configuration and types of seating that will be used.

Inside (sheltered from that drenching rain) you could see the ETFE roof membrane set up.

DVML chief executive David Davies talking through some of the details with the stadium model.

and finally, David Davies with Guy Hedderwick, commercial manager of the Carisbrook Stadium Trust, at the end of a long and wet, but informative and by all accounts successful afternoon in the rain (but not mud).

Post by Paul Le Comte. Images ©PLC 2009


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Majora Carter, Founder, Sustainable South Bronx

TEDtalksDirector 06 January 2007

http://www.ted.com In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx — and shows how minority neighbourhood suffer most from flawed urban policy.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes — including speakers such as Jill Bolte Taylor, Sir Ken Robinson, Hans Rosling, Al Gore and Arthur Benjamin. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, politics and the arts.

sundancechannel 30 May 2007

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