Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – Christchurch

106 Architects partnered with BECA and Global Leisure Group in 2013 to investigate a $120m sports-led masterplan for Christchurch City Council that would be their “sporting home” following the devastating earthquakes in 2011.

Located in the southeast of the city, the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub was designed to meet the needs of the growing local community.

Ngā Puna Wai meaning ‘many spring waters’ refers to the many springs and tributaries in the area – forming part of the ancestral landscape of Ngāi Tahu. This area was once an important place for local Māori, who came together to connect and collaborate.

Comprising of 32 hectares of recreation and esplanade reserve, the masterplan picked up Māori ethos of meeting and gathering. As a result, Ngā Puna Wai provides an environment whereby the recreational and sporting communities can come together to share their love of sport through shared resources and outdoor spaces.

Ngā Puna Wai was built to replace earthquake damaged sports facilities across Christchurch, including the athletics and field amenities at QEII Park, the hockey turfs at Porritt Park, some of the tennis courts at Wilding Park, and the rugby league fields displaced from Rugby League Park in Addington by Christchurch Stadium.

The Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub has been opening in stages since 2018 and completed the delivery for Stage 1 works in August 2019. The facility now functions in it’s designed capacity to operate under a number of day-to-day and event conditions to serve multiple sports.

The sports precinct functions as a community-level park first and foremost, with the capacity to host regional, national, and international events when required, through scalable infrastructure designed into the masterplan.

The facility consists of two athletics tracks, three artificial hockey surfaces, natural grass fields, informal play spaces, indoor and exterior tennis courts, as well as provision for passive recreation.

Queenstown Wanaka Sports Masterplan

106 Architects | QEC WRC Masterplan

106 Architects developed the sports precinct masterplans for Wanaka and Queenstown in collaboration with Boffa Miskell and Global Leisure Group to provide the client – Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) – with the perfect combination of professional services. The sports architect, landscape and urban designer and recreational strategic planner team allowed us to respond to the brief through different viewports, and really challenge current thinking.

The region is one of the most active in the country, with recreation and outdoor opportunities one of the largest drawcards for residents and visitors alike. As part of its wider work programme to address these complex community changes, Queenstown Lakes District Council commissioned the development of a sport and recreation masterplan to understand current and future sport and recreation demands for Queenstown, Wanaka and their wider catchment, and set a vision to inform and drive constructive investment over the next 20 years.

This masterplan focuses on the Queenstown Events Centre (QEC) and the Wanaka Recreation Centre (WRC). While each has unique opportunities and challenges, both are constrained for space. It is expected that QEC and WRC will remain central community hubs, with satellite sites supporting district-wide needs.

The masterplan considers QEC and WRC within their context and their relationships and linkages to surrounding communities and natural environments. Both contexts are changing rapidly, and the masterplan team have coordinated, where possible, with adjacent property owners and design teams to ensure development on each site is complementary.

Masterplan layouts are driven by the overarching vision of ‘more people, more active, more often’. This relies on the community feeling a connection to the place, and having multiple reasons to participate in the site, whether it be as part of their daily journey, for community functions, social interaction, events, recreation or organised sport.


  • Wider regional master-planning for sports and community.
  • Critical to success is the needs analysis to assess existing infrastructure and what the future needs are.

Colin Maiden Park – Auckland

The Colin Maiden Park (CMP) masterplan aims to realise an opportunity for a regionally significant sports precinct that connects community sport with high-performance programmes.

Previously visioned and owned by the University of Auckland for university sports-based teams, the Park came into Auckland Council ownership in 2016.

A refreshed masterplan was undertaken and included for hockey, who had last been on the site during pre-artificial turf days of 1990. The 106 Architect vision focused on the integration of hockey with the existing playing surfaces and buildings. A network of connecting plazas, local infrastructure and pathways promote a community social hub.

Our services included preliminary concept development, masterplan integration, documentation for planning approvals, consultation with local Council Members and officials, and project management.

A key outcome is to provide a precinct masterplan that allows for future staging and development that suits funding success.

Scott Point Sustainable Sports Park – Auckland

[Taken from 2018 ISCA Impacts Report] In the next few years, 20,000 new residents are expected to call Scott Point and neighbouring Hobsonville home. At the hub of the new development, is Scott Point Sustainable Sports Park.

The 16.4-hectare park is an Auckland Council initiative to build New Zealand’s first fully sustainable sports park. Underpinned by sustainable design principles, the park will provide the Council with a flagship and pilot for the future design of parks and public open space.

Following a concept masterplan by WSP Opus, 106 Architects in association with Jacobs and Isthmus, won the commission to prepare the next phase of detailed design and documentation to deliver the first sustainable sports park in Australasia.

Latrobe City Sports & Entertainment Stadium – Morwell

106 Architects provided a staging and concept masterplan to accompany Smart Connection Consultancy’s feasibility study for the redevelopment of the Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium in Morwell, Victoria.

The refurbished facility will become a centre of excellence for football/soccer in Gippsland – connecting grass-roots community catchment to the high-performance pathway for promising young athletes and programmes.

Engaged early on, extensive consultation with the full range of facility stakeholders including Falcons 2000 Soccer Club, Gippsland Soccer League, Football Federation Victoria, Latrobe Valley Soccer League and Referees Association was undertaken.

Developed around existing infrastructure and buildings, the new masterplan layout accounts for the upgrading of old natural grass pitches and construction of new artificial turf surfaces. Future upgrades to the existing grandstand, change rooms and social spaces were also considered and designed to be connected with future funding streams and measured participation growth.

Stage 1 was delivered in July 2019 and included for a full-size FIFA accredited synthetic pitch – installed by Turf One.

Hamilton Boys’ High School Multisports Facility

106 Architects undertook the early briefing and wider sports masterplan in 2013 for the proposed new multisports and community facility at Hamilton Boys’ High School, Hamilton East in New Zealand.

Following the masterplan, 106 Architects designed and delivered the new pool pavilion alongside the outdoor pool refurbishment, in what was Stage 1 of the project development.

In August 2019, Schick Civil Construction and Tiger Turf Asia Pacific completed the full-size, LED-lit, artificial hockey turf for the school and community. A new football/rugby artificial turf surface and four tennis courts will complete Stage 2.

The proposed Centre – to be known as the Hamilton East Community Sports Complex – has been established to be run in partnership with the local community and stakeholders. Long-term, agreements between the Ministry of Education, aquatic providers and other cornerstone stakeholders will provide for seven primary sporting stakeholders: tennis, hockey, rugby, football (soccer), squash, indoor sports, swimming and water polo aquatic sports.

Based on strong sporting traditions and a history of success at the highest level, Hamilton Boys’ High School continues to develop exceptional young athletes. This level of calibre will extend further into the local community through this facility. Through the provision of hockey, tennis and swimming facilities, the school hopes to encourage young sportsmen and women to realise their potential.

The masterplan aims to achieve sustainability by bringing the school and the wider community together under one roof. The design includes flexible, multi-use spaces for a large and diverse group of athletes and spectators. The four “fingers of learning” — (buildings extending from the central hub) are designed to be flexible areas that can adapt to accommodate different purposes and activities.

About Hamilton Sports Complex

• This project integrated a sports-community masterplan with an existing school masterplan – to better connect the education, sporting, community, and recreation users.
• Partnership opportunities were investigated with local community groups and schools to maximise the use of education land and capital.
• An education-centric project designed to encourage the interaction of different sports and community groups through shared common facilities.
• The staged masterplan development acted as a tool for consultation and opened conversations to enable a shared vision.

Smart Sky Sportsfield

106 Architects, in association with Smart Connection Consultancy, have developed new thinking for the development of sports and community facilities. Part of our on-going interest in urban development, and sport and recreation provision, we decided to invest in and undertake a hypothetical sports project to test and challenge current thinking.

With the scarcity of land applying pressure for space in our urban cities, we have proposed not only the opportunity for sharing across traditional ‘flat’ land for sports and recreation but now proposing ‘vertical’ stacking of facilities to maximise footprint coverage and use.

With growing populations around cities, placing significant pressure on natural turf fields, the government is challenged to find space for community recreation activities.

Investing in a limited footprint allows for a vertical solution to develop the Smart Sky Sportsfield Complex.

The Sky Sportsfield allows four levels of play, active recreation and community sport designed facilities to meet the growing demands of the community.

Embracing the latest sports technology, the latest sustainable building materials and design principles, Councils and sport will be able to provide added value and opportunities for their communities.