Ramp Delay Explanation

How the new ramp will look when installed
How the new ramp will look when installed

Architects give their reasons for ramp delays

By Alan Tristram

The architects responsible for the ramp for the new Kapiti Aquatic Centre says the  delays are beyond the control of the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

But, it assures the public the design and construction teams are doing their best to deliver the new ramp as soon as possible.

Architecture HDT, Ltd says the ramp being constructed for the main pool at Coastlands Aquatic Centre is a complex design and build  project requiring fibreglass and metalwork contractors to bring their particular expertise to the detailed design of the ramp components.

The complexity of the fibreglass structural design and the short supply of fibreglass components has required the contractor to outsource the structural design and construction of the fibreglass panels to a specialist Christchurch company.   This has resulted in some unforeseen delays.

Further, it was originally thought that off-the-shelf components could be modified, but because of the harsh pool environment and the fact the  ramp components need to fit together exactly, they have to be custom-made.  This has meant that construction has  taken longer than expected.

Protection strips are needed to the face of the existing pool, and this work can only be undertaken by the agent for the pool system used, so depends on their availability.

It is critical that the ramp is easy to use for staff.  It is expected that there will need to be some onsite instruction needed to make sure that the installation and dis-establishment of the ramp is underaken without damaging the new pool tank.  To this end it was considered that this commissioning phase is best be undertaken when both the consultant and construction teams can be in attendance to rectify any teething issues that result.

These delays are beyond the control of the Kāpiti Coast District Council but the public can rest assured that the design and construction teams are doing their best to deliver the new ramp as soon as practically possible.