University of Waikato High Performance Sports Centre52/54 Miro St, Mt Maunganui

Project Details

  • Project Name: University of Waikato High Performance Sports Centre
  • Client: Bay Venues Limited
  • Location: 52/54 Miro St, Mt Maunganui
  • Building Size: $3.5m remediation, strengthening and fit-out
    2,500sqm building
    12 months from concept business case to open
  • Completed: Open in January 2016
  • Key Tenants: New Zealand Mens All Blacks Sevens
    New Zealand Womens All Blacks Sevens, Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and Academy, University of Waikato Sports Science and High Performance Research, Body in Motion Physiotherapy, Foot Mechanics
  • Services Provided: Property Advisory
    Development Management
    Project Management


With the All Black Sevens teams interested in establishing a new generation performance centre, Tauranga City Council CCO Bay Venues engaged Veros to undertake market testing and prepare a business case to determine if a specialist High Performance Sports Centre in Mt Maunganui was viable. The project passed this investment decision and under time pressure to open the doors prior to the Rio de Janerio Olympics in 2016, Veros successfully delivered the project within 12 months.


Bay Venues chief executive Gary Dawson had a vision to transform an old, disused building into a world-class high performance sports centre, anchored by the New Zealand All Blacks Sevens.

Veros development managed and delivered the project from inception to completion, assembling a collaboration of high performance sports, science and research groups along the way. This unique offering in Mt Maunganui provides a point of difference nationally and internationally, that has now seen a wide range of national and international sporting groups based in Mt Maunganui at the centre.

One of the successes is the partnership with the University of Waikato in establishing a purpose built climate and altitude controlled hyperbaric chamber for training and research. Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Alistair Jones said “The centre’s environmental chamber is one of a small number of such facilities within Australasia and will be a draw-card for athletes and teams preparing for international sporting events where the combination of heat and humidity are likely to impact performance.”