File image of the facility, courtesy Brock

Project manager for Sunderland Arena appointed

The Township of Brock has awarded the Sunderland Arena Project Manager Contract to CBRE.

At a special meeting on June 28, the township council passed the motion and directed that staff be authorized to proceed with the issuance of the contract for the outlined work with CBRE in the amount of $306,966.17, excluding HST, upon receipt of all required articles outlined in the tender document regarding insurance coverage.

The council also directed staff to put ice in the Sunderland arena for the 2024/2025 season.

The time to complete the works is forecasted at 18 months and the hope is this project will proceed in  fall 2024.

Council and staff discussed anticipated timelines of the project and the importance of keeping all user groups and interested parties updated on the project status, said a township notice. It said further updates on the project timelines will be coming shortly.

Quick Facts

  • Ice will be installed at the Sunderland Memorial Arena for the 2024/2025 winter season
  • Construction will begin in spring of 2025
  • The Project Manager will work closely with the Descope and Design Committee to determine new project timelines
  • The 2027 deadline to remain eligible for ICIP grant is still attainable

In mid-2021, the township obtained a Federal/Provincial Grant through ICIP that would partially fund a renovation of the Sunderland Arena. The original scope of the project proposed included the following at a cost estimate of $7.4 million.

  • Undertake works to make the building fully accessible and to accommodate sledge hockey;
  • Expansion of the building to include: six new dressing rooms (which includes two accessible), community use room, storage and ice resurfacer room;
  • Replacement of concrete pad, expansion of ice surface to regulation size, updated refrigeration system, and reconfigured seating around the rink;
  • Renovation of existing lobby area and dressing rooms to create a larger lobby and new food booth;
  • Renovation of the second-floor auditorium to create a heated viewing space.

Major cost escalations due to Covid, inflation and a more detailed review of project scope resulted in the township needing to have a closer look at both budget and priorities (see below).

For up to date information on the Sunderland Arena project, please subscribe to the Sunderland Arena Project webpage.

Sunderland Arena renovation, expansion project delayed

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