In the coming year we’re focusing on advancing the major projects signalled in the Long-Term Plan 2018–2028.

Te Ara Ātea and Rolleston town centre ($22 million)

Te Ara Ātea is Selwyn’s new library and community centre in Rolleston – a landmark project in the new town centre. Resource consents have been lodged for the first stage, which includes Te Ara Ātea, a town square and open spaces for community gatherings, events and recreation, and a pedestrian promenade.

Construction will start around August 2019. Te Ara Ātea is expected to be completed in late 2020, and the initial town square and reserve projects in early 2021. Later stages will include commercial, retail and hospitality development.

Foster Park indoor courts ($21 million)

Foster Park is now a major sports and recreation hub for Selwyn. This year work will start on a multi-purpose indoor courts and sports hub complex. It will include four indoor courts built to competition standards, plus four covered courts for sports such as netball, tennis, basketball and futsal, and space for community events.

The project also incorporates administration areas and a sports hub to accommodate changing rooms, toilets, storage and meeting space.

Selwyn Aquatic Centre extension ($13.8 million)

Due to growing demand, the Selwyn Aquatic Centre is bursting at the seams and an additional pool is now on the way. The new 10-lane, 25-metre pool facility will more than double the current lane capacity and accommodate increasing demand from aquafitness, casual swimming, deep water and other activities.

We’ll also be refurbishing the existing pool to make it suitable for a wider range of activities, and expanding changing rooms and administration space. Future options include consideration of a privately-operated café. Construction is expected to start in August 2019, with new facilities opening progressively from late 2020.

Health Hub ($15 million)

The Health Hub provides an opportunity for health providers and related services to locate in Selwyn, offering improved access to health services for the growing community. Planning is well under way for this facility, which will be located opposite the Council offices in Rolleston. The building is likely to be a two-storey complex of around 4,000m2 and construction is expected to start in late 2019.

Pines Resource Recovery Park ‘Reconnect’ project ($3.2 million)

Selwyn’s growth also means we’re producing more waste. To keep pace with the increasing demand, project Reconnect will provide improved opportunities for sorting, recycling, reprocessing and repurposing of waste at the Recovery Park near Rolleston.

This year we’ll start work on the water, wastewater, stormwater, electrical and telecommunication utilities needed for the wider project. Also under way this year is the relocation and consolidation of the recycling drop-off area, including a canopy for weather protection, a large operations area, car parking and changes to internal roads.

Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 – Shands/Blakes Road intersection upgrade ($5 million)

A number of significant roading projects in eastern Selwyn will provide safer and more efficient access and connections to the new motorway. One of the major projects this year is a substantial upgrade of the Shands Road/ Blakes Road intersection. Widening of Blakes Road is also planned as part of this programme, subject to final confirmation of NZ Transport Agency approvals and subsidies.

Water quality improvements ($3.5 million)

In addition to the water treatment upgrades commenced in 2018/19 (see Making Progress on our Long-Term Plan below), the Council is proposing to upgrade treatment systems in Springfield, Rolleston, Taumutu, Leeston, Prebbleton, Te Pirita, Springston, and Raven Drive.

Wastewater projects ($2.6 million)

New wastewater pump stations will be installed in Lincoln and Prebbleton along with a number of other network upgrades across the Eastern Selwyn Sewerage Scheme network, to cater for continuing population growth.

Rolleston town centre roading projects ($12 million)

Upgrades to the roading network around the new Rolleston town centre will help to create a low-speed, people- friendly streetscape. Roads and laneways around Te Ara Ātea and the adjacent civic and commercial spaces will be attractively landscaped, cycle and pedestrian-friendly, and provide for both on and off-street car parking. A number of projects in the LTP have been coordinated to achieve these outcomes.

Major projects beginning mid-2019 include the development of a low-speed thoroughfare along the Wordsworth Street extension, and development of Tennyson Street into an attractive high street environment.

Public car parking is planned off Tennyson Street, and traffic signals will be installed at the Rolleston Drive/Tennyson Street and Lowes/Goulds/Springston Rolleston Road intersections.

Markham Way will be extended onto the first stage of the Moore Street extension from Rolleston Drive, creating a new signalised intersection with Dryden Avenue that includes pedestrian crossing facilities. An additional $5 million is budgeted in subsequent financial years for the completion of the town centre roading projects.