The development of Christchurch's new Metro Sports Facility is moving along with the award of two early involvement contracts.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the contracts have been awarded to a joint venture between Australian company CPB and Christchurch-based Southbase, and Leighs Cockram Joint Venture Ltd.
Mr Brownlee says two contracts have been awarded to "keep some competition in the process" - In late August, a decision to continue with one contractor will be made.
The early involvement contractors will be working with the government and Christchurch City Council, providing advice and expertise on the planning and design of the new facility.
They'll be joining a multi-national team of architects and engineering design experts.
"We're on track to deliver a facility that's going to be a key attraction for the city," Mr Brownlee said today.
It will include a 10-lane competition pool, seating for a minimum 1000 spectators, hot pools and hydro slides and nine indoor courts for sports such as netball and basketball.