The new seven court stadium at Hutt Park, which has just opened without fanfare, is over half the size of the Kilbirnie but it has only cost $6m says developer Mukesh Dayal.
Mr Dayal, director of Wellington Indoor Sports and Hutt Indoor Sports, said it was built at a cost so that it could pay its way as a private venture.
Where the Kilbirnie centre had sprung wooden floors for basketball, netball and volleyball the Hutt Park stadium had artificial turf flooring and was set up for indoor netball, cricket and soccer.
"The comparison is not a true reflection. Where the $47m [spent at Kilbirnie] was probably overkill at lot of that was down to its design and they've gone for top of the line, we've had to make a return and make it work for us."
The Hutt Park stadium, built to be self-funding with costs covered by those who hire its courts, includes a large specially-designed Junglerama children's play area, a cafe and bar.
Construction started in January and the complex opened for business last week - an official opening is scheduled to take place once the carpark is complete.
Mr Dayal praised Hutt City Council for its encouragement and assistance. It had offered leased land on the former Hutt Park Raceway and it been very helpful by putting in a carpark.
The developer said he was now looking at the possibility of putting in a rink in a second stage development at Hutt Park where he plans to build another 2500sqm multi-purpose sports stadium next to the new centre.
Architect Geoffrey Meyer said the Hutt centre had taken just eight months to build and incorporated natural ventilation and lighting to reduce running costs. The building was insulated so it did not get too cold in winter or too hot in summer.
He said the centre was designed to meet local needs, providing sports and recreation facilities for schools and businesses in the area.
Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace said the new complex was a real asset for the city with its quality courts, a fantastic children's area and cafe.
Acknowledgements: - The Dominion Post