I have been informed by a number of sources, including from some who are undertaking the physical work, that the Metro Sports Centre under construction in Moorhouse Avenue is having subsidence issues. Is it true that it has sunk 50mm already? Just reflect on the fact that is before the pools are filled with water.
I believe the construction firm, CPB, is busy pumping water off the site. However, there is much debate amongst professionals whether that will compensate for the fact that this site isn’t stable enough for what is required of it. Maybe the original use for the land for car sales was the correct call.
I would not be surprised if the reason the CDHB did not take up the offer from the then Minister Brownlee to take over this piece of land had something to do with its instability.
I have a mate who is a geo-tech engineer. His comment about Moorhouse Avenue was that it would have been safer to build the Metro Sports Centre on dog poop. I’m sure that is a technical term which most of us would understand. However, my understanding of dog poop is that it does stick to the bottom of your shoes, and that sticky quality might be reappearing right now.
I bet, having also probably heard the village gossip about what is happening on this site, Leighs Construction must be delighted that they are not charged with constructing this project.
Here’s Warren and Mahoney’s pretty pictures of what it will look like when completed. The pictures do seem to be all on the level…