Gibbons Construction


Fabrication & Site Erection


6 months



The Trafalgar Centre is Nelson’s largest sports, events and entertainment venue with a capacity to hold up to 4000 people. Constructed in the 1970’s, the iconic venue was closed by the Nelson City Council (NCC) in December 2013 when engineering reports identified it as an earthquake prone building that could pose a risk to public safety.



In 2015, the NCC decided the Trafalgar Centre would undergo an extensive rebuild to seismic retrofit the venue. Gibbons Construction in conjunction with Downer were awarded the contract to upgrade the venue along with associated buildings. As part of the main building upgrade, Brightwater was contracted to provide 51.5 tonnes of fabricated steel reinforcing to the wooden portals inside the building to increase the structural load capacity. Brightwater also provided an additional 15 tonnes of steel reinforcing and BRB braces to the southern extension of the main hall. The entire scope included the procurement, fabrication, painting and installation of the steel reinforcing.