In 1998 Dodd Paterson + Bukowski Rehm Architects Limited were commissioned to design a high performance sports and aquatic centre associated with the existing Sovereign Stadium on Aucklands North Shore for North Shore athletics, swimming and water polo Community Sports Club.


The new Millennium Centre, incorporating a 50m x 25m pool with a 2m depth for water polo and competitive swimming, is available through club membership for fitness programmes. Associated with the pool are learner pool facilities, canoe sports, therapeutic pools and saunas. The centre will also include a sports hall with climbing walls, high rope courses, basketball and netball courts. Adjacent to the courts is a 7-lane, 65 metre long sprint track. Pits for jumps and catch nets for practice throws are also available. The hall will be of adequate height to allow for international pole vaulting events.

The hall floor includes force plates to scientifically measure performance of athletes during training.


Sports science laboratories, gyms, a heavy weight training area, sport medicine clinic and administration area will support these resources. Hospitality facilities include conference rooms, teaching and career support management, café, restaurant and retail outlets.


A 40-bed sports lodge capable of accommodating team groups or individuals has been constructed to the south of the centre while a new Grandstand to the Sovereign Stadium is included in the Millennium Institute Building.