Matamata Civic & Memorial Centre

Stanley Construction was awarded the building following a long public consultation period and competitive tender process.

This long awaited project has now claimed centre stage in the buzzing rural town of Matamata




Majority of the buildings were carefully demolished. The existing library footprint and exterior shell were largely retained and incorporated into the new 1750m2 building. A bequeathed fountain outside and the war memorial roll of honour within the building were both carefully preserved and worked around.



Construction was completed in five stages running concurrently, so interior works, exterior works, roofing, structure and craneage all overlapped. Extreme care was taken to comply with resource consent conditions around heritage building status, then unidentified asbestos issues required expert involvement and removal. Along with losing time on those, an unprecedented wet year also challenged the tight programme.

With some vigorous planning, auditing and communication between parties, the building was handed over on time. The result is a new vibrant community space which seamlessly encompasses both the council and community needs. It is a modern space which welcomes visitors, whilst offering a respectful memorial to those who grace the walls.

Project Details

Contract Range:
$5M - 6M

Contract Type:
Competitive Tender

Matamata-Piako District Council

11 Months

Completion Date:
March 2018

Stanley Construction Manager:
Jason Hill

Client Project Manager/Architect:
Brian Rastrick

Chow Hill