12 Dec 2012

Alan Reay designing new Stadium Southland

11:50 am on 12 December 2012

The general manager of Stadium Southland has confirmed the engineer designing the new facility is Alan Reay, whose firm designed the CTV building in Christchurch.

Southland Leisure Centre Charitable Trust is rebuilding the stadium following the collapse of the original during a snowstorm in September 2010.

General manager Nigel Skelt said Alan Reay Consulting won the contract when the project went to tender not long after the collapse.

He said Dr Reay has played a prominent role as design engineer, having also designed the Invercargill Velodrome.

The contract was awarded before the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission considered the collapse of the CTV building collapse in the February 2011 earthquake in which 115 died.

The commission found the building's design was deficient in a number of respects, and said it should never have been issued with a building permit. Its report said Dr Reay had put a structural engineer in charge of the project who was working beyond his competence.