Howick is a rapidly growing area of Auckland with about 130,000 people in 2018. SGL was commissioned to develop a sport and recreation facility plan for Howick Local Board which from a demand perspective considered the community demographics and the needs of about 30 different sports, and from a supply perspective considered the current facility status and future facility strategies for about 40 public or private venues and 24 schools. The facility plan in turn made specific facility recommendations by code and venue, and then in particular focused on key development projects to provide better clarity. A facility assessment process was also developed which guided the suggested priority and timing of future facility improvements.
An important consideration was overall affordability, and recommendations were cognizant of the overall capital cost of recommendations, with indicative capital cost estimates provided for each development and indicative net Council contributions in each three year period also identified.