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Last reviewed: Tue, 11 Feb 2014

Update on the Facilities Rebuild Plan



Visit this page regularly for the latest information about what is happening with the Council’s Facilities Rebuild Programme.



Fresh start for Heathcote community facilities - 21 July 2014

The first step towards a new combined facility, replacing the much-loved, earthquake-damaged Heathcote Community Centre and the Heathcote Valley Community Library, begins on Monday 28 July.

Demolition will begin on the Heathcote Valley Community Library at 8 Martindales Road, followed by the demolition of the Heathcote Community Centre at 45 Bridle Path Road at a date to be determined. Following a period of consultation and design, construction of the replacement facility will begin at a Heathcote Valley location yet to be determined.

For more information, please click here.

New community facility for Heathcote - Thursday 9 April 2014

At today’s Council meeting, the Council agreed to demolish Heathcote Community Centre and to rebuild a new community facility in the area. The Council agreed to go ahead with rebuilding a new Heathcote community facility subject to the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board approving the final design and the total cost of the project remaining within the value of the available insurance settlement. The insurance proceeds from Heathcote Community Centre and Heathcote Volunteer Library will be used to fund the new facility.

Rebuild of Sumner toilets and changing rooms approved - Thursday 14 April 2014

Today Council approved the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board’s recommendation to re-build the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club public toilets and changing facilities. The public toilet and changing facilities are fully funded by Council insurance. These facilities will be built in conjunction with the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club building, which will be funded by the Club.

 

Mt Pleasant Memorial Community Centre - Thursday 14 April 2014

Today the Council has approved a grant of $200,000 being made from the Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Relief Fund to the Mt Pleasant Memorial Community Centre and Residents Association Inc. towards the rebuilding of the Mount Pleasant War Memorial Community Centre.

 

Heathcote Voluntary Library and Community Centre to be demolished - Thursday 13 March 2014

The Council approved the recommendations today that the Heathcote Voluntary Library at 8 Martindales Road and the Community Centre at 45 Bridle Path Road are to be demolished, the latter being subject to written confirmation from the insurers.

Following feedback received from the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board, the sites will be left in a community-friendly condition, the demolition will be as sustainable as possible and include community involvement where possible.

The recommendations also state that the community is to be consulted before any decisions are made on the site for the new community centre. The final decision on the design detail of the new Heathcote Community Centre facility will be made by the Community Board.

 

Lyttelton Service Centre demolition - Thursday 28 February 2014

For more information about some of the city's well known Council-owned heritage assets, many of which are also included in the Facilities Rebuild Plan, click here.

For an archive of Updates from earlier in 2013, click here.

To access all 2012 updates on Facilities Rebuild, click here.

Council building occupancy policy revised

The Council agreed to revise the threshold for closing its non-residential buildings that have undergone a Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) assessment, which could lead to some Council facilities re-opening.  The Council agreed its policy of closing all non-residential buildings with a seismic capacity of less than 34 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS) following a DEE assessment should be revised.

The policy was introduced in December 2011 following the Canterbury earthquakes. Engineers will now review the 236 closed Council buildings to determine if they can re-open. Buildings that can re-open will undergo a series of health and safety checks to ensure they comply with the Building Act before re-opening.

In future, only buildings that are under 34 per cent of the NBS with significant damage will not be occupied. A specialist engineering panel will be set up to provide recommendations on the occupancy of Council buildings that have a seismic capacity of less than 34 per cent of the NBS with a brittle collapse mechanism (defined as a part of a building which, on failure, could lead to a collapse). Buildings that fit into this category but are deemed fit to occupy by the engineering panel will also remain open.

Click here to read the Media Release

The Council agreed to demolish the remainder of the badly damaged Lyttelton Service Centre, 33-35 London Street, which was partly demolished after the February 2011 earthquake. The Council’s Facilities Rebuild project team will investigate options for setting up the service centre next door in the Lyttelton Library, 35-37 Lyttelton Street. A combined library and service centre is a key action in the Lyttelton Master Plan in the event the service centre building is not replaced. Staff will report back to the Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board with options.

Proposed change to the Council's building occupancy policy - Wednesday 12 February 2014

Christchurch City Council Earthquake recovery Committee of the Whole will reccomend to the Council that the threshold for closing Council-owned buildings that have undergone a Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) should be revised. Currently any public building with less than 34 per cent of New Building Standard (NBS) is closed. 

The new policy will recommend that those buildings that are not significantly damaged even if less than 34 per cent NBS should not be closed. This will bring the Council's policy more into line with advice from the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment and the approach from other large organisations. The recomendation will go to the 27 February Council meeting. 

For more information read the media release. Click here to listen to the Mayor speaking about this topic.

 

 

New Aranui Community Centre a step closer - Tuesday 11 February 2014

Christchurch City Council’s Community Committee has recommended that a new Aranui Community Centre should be built at 31 Hampshire Street.

The committee will recommend to the full Council meeting on Thursday 13 February that it should progress to the detailed design, consent, tender and construction of the project.

It will also recommend that the closed Wainoni Aranui Family Centre, which is currently on the Hampshire Street site, should be demolished to make way for the new community centre.

The facility, which will include activity, meeting and office space, will cost an estimated $5.9 million to build. It will replace the Wainoni Aranui Family Centre and the nearby demolished Aranui Community Hall in Breezes Road.

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has granted $1 million towards the new facility, which includes a $500,000 donation from an anonymous donor*. Lions Club International will contribute $450,000.

Consultation with the community, which has been continuing since October 2011, has shown there is overwhelming support for the proposed concept.  An extensive site selection process was also undertaken before the Hampshire St site was chosen.

Click on links to access artist's impression of the proposed Aranui Community Centre. North Elevation  South Elevation  East Elevation  West Elevation  Full   Floor Plan

For more information see the agenda

Scarborough Water Playground design approved by Community Board - Wednesday 5 Feb 2014

Work will start soon on the Scarborough Water Playground (formerly Scarborough paddling Pool) after the Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board gave the go-ahead to the final design today.

For more information see the Press Release.

 

Mona Vale and Gaiety Hall repairs approved by Council - Thursday 30 January 2014

The historic Mona Vale Homestead in Riccarton and the Gaiety Hall in Akaroa will both be repaired and strengthened to 67 per cent of the New Building Standard.

Both Mona Vale Homestead and Gaiety Hall in Akaroa will be repaired and strengthened to 67 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS).

Repair and strengthening work is due to begin on both facilities in June/July this year. It is expected Gaiety Hall will re-open at the end of 2014, while Mona Vale Homestead will re-open at the end of 2015.

Click here to read the media release.

Godley House – removed fencing re-instated for safety reasons – Tuesday 28 January 2014

Christchurch City Council has reinstated the boundary fence around the existing exposed foundations on the former site of Godley House in Diamond Harbour.

The fencing was originally put up when the historic house was taken down in late-2011 under demolition orders (CERA Section 38) following irreparable damage in the Canterbury earthquakes.

The fencing was recently taken down but has been re-instated for a number of reasons:

  • The site is still a construction/ demolition site. This is because the foundations have been assessed as having archaeological value and therefore have not been removed as would normally happen in a standard demolition process.
  • The foundations are protected under the archaeological provisions of the Historic Places Act 1993 and will need further investigation and preservation.
  • The site is still a construction/ demolition site and is unsafe. It contains underground tanks (which could collapse), broken glass, sharp objects penetrating out of the concrete slabs and other dangerous debris.

The future of the site is being considered through the District Plan review.

 

Progress on Governors Bay Community Centre and Landsdowne Community Centre - Monday 13 January 2014

Demolition of the Governor’s Bay Community Centre and repairs began on the Landsdowne Community Centre, 4 Landsdowne Terrace in Cashmere on Monday 13 January.

The community centre, toilets and pottery shed will be demolished on the Governor’s Bay Community Centre site. The demolition, which will be carried out by Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) on behalf of the Council, does not include the historic Pierman Library on the same site. The contractor began work on site on Monday 13 January and the site is expected to be clear by Friday 14 February.

Repairs on the Landsdowne Community Centre are expected to take between four to six weeks. The community centre will remain open during this time. New asphalt will be laid on the carpark at the front of the community centre. There is alternative parking on the street outside the community centre.

 

 

Authorising Unit: Capital Programme

Last reviewed: Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Next review: Monday, 11 August 2014

Keywords: council facility, council owned facilities, earthquake, rebuilt