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.
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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.
Council grants 21 exemptions to keep buildings open - Monday 23 December 2013
Christchurch City Council has today agreed 21 buildings that are below 34 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS) should be exempt from its closure policy, allowing them to remain open this summer.
The Council today agreed the buildings, which include a number of toilets, sheds and sports pavilions across the city, should be exempt from its policy of closing non-residential facilities that are below 34 per cent of the NBS. Engineers have advised they are fit to occupy as they have little earthquake damage and are not at risk of brittle collapse in the event of future earthquakes.
All buildings that have been exempted have had a high level of scrutiny on a case-by-case basis by engineers to ensure they can be open with relatively little risk. This is consistent with the approach being taken on building closures by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA).
For a full list of the exempted buildings click here.
Scarborough Life Boat building nearly complete - Wednesday 18 December 2013
The Life Boat building is open as the Detailed Engineering Evaluation placed it above 34 per cent New Building Standard (NBS). However, the building was damaged in the earthquakes and therefore required some repair. Repairs began in October 2013.
The repairs to the Life Boat Building were minor, non structural and did not require a building consent. Repairs included repairing plaster, re-pointing brickwork, filling cracks and internal and external painting.
As at Wednesday 18 December 2013, all internal and external works are now completed and the facility is fully functional for the busy Christmas period. Maintenance work to the seaward side of the building has also been completed. The club has remained operational throughout the course of the repair.
Internal cleaning is scheduled before Christmas so that the facility is free of dust and dirt as a result of the repairs. There is still some work required to the sub-floor and this is scheduled for the new year (2014). This additional work to the piles will have no affect on the function or use of the building.
Mona Vale Homestead to be repaired - Tuesday 10 December 2013
Popular heritage attraction Mona Vale Homestead is another step closer to re-opening after Christchurch City Council’s Community Committee today (Tuesday 10 December) recommended it should be repaired and strengthened.
At its inaugural meeting, the Community Committee agreed Mona Vale Homestead, which was significantly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake, should be repaired and strengthened to 67 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS).
This recommendation will go to the full Council for approval and it is expected repair and strengthening work will begin in mid-2014, with the homestead re-opening at the end of 2015.
The Mona Vale Homestead is of regional heritage significance and is listed in the Christchurch City Plan as a Group 1 heritage item. Before the earthquakes the homestead was a well-used wedding, restaurant and conference venue.
Update on Denton Park - 28 November 2013
Denton Park Pavilion Repair:
This is a two storied building. Council owns the bottom storey, the Hornby Cricket Club own the first floor and uses the Council owned changing rooms and toilet facilities underneath. The repair work will include internal and external crack repair, painting, plumbing and electrical. It will be funded by insurance. The scope of works has been agreed to by the Council’s insurer and the Hornby Cricket Club have been informed. The repair work for the pavilion began on Monday 18 November and is expected to take about four weeks to complete.
Denton Park Grandstand Reopened:
The Denton Park Grandstand building suffered relatively minor damage in the Canterbury earthquakes. A previous Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) assessed the building at less than 34 per cent of New Building Standard (NBS) and so the building was closed. The grandstand has now re-opened following a revised DEE which assessed the building at 35 per cent NBS and confirmation that there is no critical structural weakness.
Denton Park Grandstand Amenity Block Repair:
The Denton Park Amenity block is a separate building under the Grandstand containing a changing room, toilet and storage facilities. This building has been assessed with a seismic capacity of 22 per cent of NBS and is currently closed. Strengthening is provisionally scheduled to begin early 2014.
South New Brighton Community Centre opens - Friday 8 November 2013
Christchurch City Council will officially open a new community facility on the site of the demolished South New Brighton Community Centre tonight (Friday 8 November).
The new transitional community centre, which is a joint venture between the Council and the Lions Clubs International Foundation, will open at 6pm. It will be available for community use from tomorrow (Saturday 9 November).
With the help of Lions’ funding, the Council has re-located the former QEII Park Preschool building to the South New Brighton site, where it has been placed onto new foundations, repaired and refurbished.
The South New Brighton Community Centre was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and was demolished in February this year. The former QEII Park Preschool in Travis Road has also been closed since the February 2011 earthquake. Most of the damage to the building was to its foundations, which has been rectified by moving it to another site with new foundations.
Since its relocation from QEII, new foundations have been built, bringing the new community centre to 100 per cent of the New Building Standard. The building has also been re-wired, re-plumbed, re-painted and new carpet has been laid. There is a hall, meeting space and office space available for public use.
Scarborough Paddling Pool to be rebuilt - Thursday 7 Nov 2013
At the first full Christchurch City Council meeting today, 7 November, Councillors voted to spend up to $780,000 to replace the Scarborough Paddling Pool. The pool is one of the Top 30 Projects prioritised by the previous Council.
The pool was demolished in July this year. It is expected tenders will be sought early 2014 with construction of the new paddling pool beginning mid 2014 ensuring it can re-open by the 2014/15 summer season.
Extra costs to investigate ground stability were also outlined as the site is next to an old watercourse and may need remediation. The full cost of the paddling pool will need to be covered by the Council as there is no insurance money.
In August 2013 the Hagley/ Ferrymead Community Board led a public consultation on the Scarborough paddling pool and requested an aquatic play facility for the site. The Hagley Ferrymead Community Board will have the opportunity to fine tune the final design to ensure it meets community expectation.
Governors Bay pool repairs - Monday 21 October 2013
The Governors Bay outdoor community pool complex suffered minor damage in the earthquakes and repairs began on Monday 21 October 2013.
The repairs include replacing the concrete pool surrounds, strengthening the pool changing rooms and fixing the retaining wall.
The repair will take about four weeks and the pool will be able to be used for the 2013/14 summer season.
This is good news for the community of Governor’s Bay as these repairs will protect and rejuvenate this well loved community pool and the facility will be back in use this summer.
New library welcomes Bishopdale residents - Monday 7 October 2013
A small temporary Bishopdale Library opened in Bishopdale Mall on Monday 7 October. The Council has leased the former Westside Travel building, 17C Bishopdale Court, which it has transformed into the temporary library.
Due to its smaller size, the library has a small collection of around 12,000 items. There is a focus on popular items, including adults’ and children’s fiction and non-fiction, large print, talking books and DVDs. There are also a small number of computers for public use.
The library will operate until the Bishopdale Community Centre and Library in Bishopdale Mall re-opens in June next year. The Council has agreed to repair and strengthen the facility to 100 per cent of the New Building Standard. Repair and strengthening work will begin in January next year.
The development of the temporary library space was in response to feedback from the Fendalton/Waimairi Community Board which identified the reinstatement of this service as its highest priority.
Hei Hei Community Centre to be repaired - Friday 4 October 2013
Hei Hei Community Centre will be repaired to 100 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS).
The community centre, 12 Wycola Avenue, is one of the Council’s top 30 projects for funding, further investigation and, where possible, repair.
The Hei Hei Community Centre suffered structural damage in the earthquakes and was closed last year after a Detailed Engineering Evaluation showed its seismic capacity was one per cent of the NBS.
The next steps are to draw up the detailed designs, put the work to tender and begin construction. It is envisaged that Hei Hei Community Centre repairs will be complete by September 2014.
New Aranui youth and community facility planned - Friday 4 October 2013
Today the Council agreed to build a new facility for youth and community groups in Aranui – its first new community centre since the earthquakes – with the support of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and Lion’s Club International Foundation.
Investigations will continue into where the 976 square metre community centre should be built but the preferred site is that of the closed Wainoni Aranui Community Centre, 31 Hampshire Street. A preliminary concept of the proposed new facility has been completed. Community consultation will be carried out later this year and construction will begin next year.
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, which is currently closed and earthquake-prone, and the nearby demolished Aranui Community Hall in Breezes Road. The Council is still in discussions with its insurers over both buildings.
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.
Sumner Surf Club and toilets - Thursday 3 October 2013
Today the Council agreed to enter into a lease with the Crown so that the Sumner Surf Club and toilet block can be rebuilt on their current site. Both the toilet block and the surf club building were demolished post earthquake and the Council’s Facilities Rebuild team has been working with the Surf Club to rebuild a joint facility on the same site. The site of both buildings is Crown land and is maintained by the Council as part of the Sumner beach-front recreation area. The lease is re-confirming existing use.
St Martins/Opawa Toy Library builing to be demolished - Thursday 3 October 2013
Today Council agreed to demolish St Martin’s Opawa Toy Library building at 65 Sandwich Street, Beckenham. The building is made of unreinforced brick and as such there are very few options for cost effective repair. The previous occupant of the building has alternative temporary accommodation. The neighbouring school has expressed an interest in buying the site post demolition. The cost of demolition will be met from the renewals and replacement budget. Discussion around a replacement facility is ongoing but the Community Board supports the demolition and supports continued engagement with the community, the Toy Library and the St Martin’s Voluntary Library about a possible joint facility in the area.
Port Levy Community Hall to re-open - Thursday 3 October 2013
The Council today agreed to exempt Port Levy Community Hall from its current building closure policy on the basis that it is not considered dangerous to occupy. This brings the number of buildings exempt from the policy up to seven. The other six exempted on 27 June were Harewood Community Centre, Risingholme Craft Rooms, Duvauchelle Community Hall, Little Akaloa Community Centre, Okains Bay Community Centre and Pigeon Bay Community Centre. The buildings are below 34 per cent of New Building Standard (NBS) but have had little earthquake damage and are not considered dangerous because the low NBS was due to the design of the building not its capacity to withstand future earthquakes.
Lyttleton Recreation Centre, Norman Kirk Pool, Waltham Pool - Thursday 3 October 2013
Today the Council agreed to:
Repair the Lyttelton Recreation Centre to 67 per cent NBS and make significant improvements to the building, including soundproofing and modernising meeting rooms, upgrading the ventilation system, re-roofing the office and squash courts and an improved fit-out.
Replace and rebuild the Norman Kirk Memorial Pool in Lyttelton. The pool, which was extensively damaged and is currently closed, will be rebuilt to 100 per cent of NBS combined with some improvements including increasing the size of the toddlers’/children’s pool and installing sun shading.
Repair Waltham Pool to 67 per cent of NBS and make a number of upgrades to the pool including signage, landscaping, roofing, re-sizing the plant room, fencing, painting, shade sails and other small improvements.
Scarborough Jet Boat Building being repaired - Tuesday 1 October 2013
Both the Jet Boat building and the Life Boat building are used by the Sumner Lifeboat Institution, a volunteer maritime search and rescue organisation, to store the boats that are used for the key search and rescue operation based at Sumner.
Due to their importance to the community, both are on the Top 30 priority Council facilities for funding, further investigations and where possible, repairs.
Detailed Engineering Evaluations (DEE) have been completed on both buildings.
The Life Boat Building is open as the DEE result was above 34 per cent New Building Standard (NBS). However, the building was damaged in the earthquakes and therefore requires some repair. A Statement of Position has been received from the Council’s insurers and repairs are due to start tomorrow on Tuesday 1 October 2014.
The repairs to the Life Boat Building are minor, non structural and do not require a building consent. Repairs include repairing plaster, re-pointing brickwork, filling cracks and internal and external painting.
This work will take about three months and it is envisaged repairs will be completed by Christmas. Council staff are liaising with the club to ensure they remain operational throughout the course of the repair.
The Jet Boat Building is closed as the DEE result was 10 per cent NBS. The vehicles that were there are temporarily being housed at the Sumner Police Station.
Staff are working in consultation with the club on a report with recommendations to be presented to the Council once developed. As well, staff continue to discuss this claim with the Council’s insurers.
Ledgers, rubber stamps and ink – Clerking the old fashioned way - Akaroa Museum Court House reopens Friday 27 September 2013
The 1879 Akaroa Court House heritage building has been strengthened and is to re-open on Friday 27 September.
In response to having so much of the main museum still closed, a decision was made to convert a part of the main court room to a small theatre, and to open up a small adjoining office for new displays.
The Museum’s popular visual short history of Akaroa and the Peninsula, the short film “Akaroa – The Long Harbour” is now screening its new venue – the re-opened Court House.
The original heavy wooden court furniture (magistrate’s bench, clerk’s bench witness and defendant’s boxes) is still in the main court room.
A new display in “The Clerk’s Office” interprets the history of the site, the building and the people who have been associated with it. Original finishes and furniture in the clerk’s office will transport visitors back to a time when pen, ink, rubber stamps, heavy ledgers and paper forms were a clerk’s tools of trade.
When: 10.30am Friday 27 September
Where: Akaroa Museum, 71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Construction of social housing units to begin - Wednesday 18 September 2013
Mayor Bob Parker and long-term resident Errol Hampton will mark the beginning of construction of 12 new social housing units at Maurice Carter Courts in Spreydon at a ground-breaking event to be held this Friday, 20 September.
The social housing units in Dundee Place are the first to be built by Christchurch City Council since the earthquakes. Construction is due to begin next month and it is expected the first residents will move into the new units in February next year.
Christchurch-based construction company Fusion Homes Limited will build the units, which will cater specifically for older people and those with disabilities. The new units are partly prefabricated so can be built more quickly, will be well insulated, warm and well ventilated.
They will also be the first Council units to achieve a Lifemark ‘5 Star’ accreditation, which shows that they meet certain design standards that ensure older people and those with disabilities can continue to live there as their needs change.
Earlier this year, the Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lifemark that proves its commitment to building adaptable, accessible and healthy social housing units. The Council has been providing social housing since 1938.
Repairs to the Sign of the Takahe approved by Council - Thursday 12 September 2013
This Gothic revival inspired Port Hills landmark will be permanently repaired and strengthened to 67 per cent of the New Building Standard.
This is listed as a Group 1 building in the Christchurch City Plan and registered by the NZ Historic Places Trust as a category 1 historic place, the highest level of list for both organisations. As well, it is a part of Harry Ell's Port Hills legacy to Christchurch and an outstanding example of architect J G Collins' work in the Neo Gothic style.
The building is currently at 30 per cent of NBS and damage includes cracking to plaster and stone masonry and the loss of several parapet stones and chimneys.
Options considered were to 67 or 100 per cent of NBS. Sixty-seven percent was chosen as the best way forward as the repairs were less instrusive to the heritage fabric of the building than the 100 per cent repair option but provided good strengthening to the building. Repairs to 67 per cent will inlcude installing a plywood diaphragm in the roof and the first floor, strengthening and repairing chimneys, rebedding and pinning all the capping stones on the parapets, pinning the west gable and strengthening the tower as well as internal paster and stone mortar repairs.
The Sign of the Takahe is a valued community asset and a significant Christchurch landmark. Repairing to 67 per cent of NBS will protect our heritage for future generations.
Further work scheduled for Children's Voluntary Library - Wednesday 11 September 2013
Now that we have moved into warmer weather, the remainder of the repair work to be completed at Opawa Children's Voluntary Library at Ford Road has been scheduled.
External painting work is due to begin on Tuesday 17 September but may change slightly as the weather dictates. The library will remain open during the repairs and contractors are mindful of users to the library and will work to limit any disturbance.
Internal repairs were done in June but the external painting required to make sure the building is weather proof and to maintain the life of the building could not be scheduled until the weather improved.
Key decisions from the Community, Culture and Recreation Committee meeting - Tuesday 3 September 2013
Christchurch City Council’s Community, Recreation and Culture Committee met and will make recommendations to the Council about opening the Port Levy Community Hall, repairing the Lyttelton Recreation Centre, rebuilding the Norman Kirk Memorial Pool in Lyttelton and repairing Waltham Pool. For more information read the media release.
‘Make safe’ work to be carried out on Heathcote Voluntary Library - Monday 2 September 2013
Christchurch City Council is beginning ‘make safe’ work on the closed Heathcote Voluntary Library in Martindales Road, which is expected to take up to four days to complete.
The make safe work will enable users to retrieve books and other items from the building. It will also ensure the building does not deteriorate further. The work will include attaching plywood to parts of the building and putting in supports for the roof.
For more information see the Media Release.
The Press talks about community facilities and insurance (written by Rachel Young and Ruby Harfield) Saturday 31 August 2013
This article was published in the Press on Saturday 31 August 2013.
"The Christchurch City Council owns more than 1600 community facilities. Some of them are closed, others demolished, a few partially open and others fully operational."
"Practically all of Christchurch's most important facilities - such as libraries and pools - will be open by 2016, council bosses say. However, insurance wrangles may leave some of those with repairs unlikely to be completed. Facilities rebuild portfolio manager Darren Moses said 80 per cent of the facilities will have insurance settlements, decisions made, repairs completed and significant rebuilds under way within the next three years."
You can also see a video of Linda Stewart, Chair of Burwood/Pegasus Ward, talking about the repair progress to the community facilities in the Burwood area and Paula Smith, Chair of Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Ward, talking about facilities in the Lyttelton area. They also have a cool map that gives an update on 90 community facilities, including libraries, pools and recreation centres. Click here to continue reading this article.
Scott Park Petanque Club and toilets - Friday 30 August 2013
The Council agreed the Scott Park Petanque Club and toilets in Mount Pleasant should be demolished. A replacement public toilet has been proposed as part of the planned redevelopment of Scott Park and the Coastal Pathway. Portable toilets will be placed on site in the meantime.
St Martin’s Voluntary Library - Friday 30 August 2013
The Council agreed St Martin’s Voluntary Library, 3 Wades Avenue, should be demolished. The Council also agreed in principle to ring-fence the insurance proceeds for a future community facility that includes space for the voluntary library.
The building was significantly damaged in the earthquakes and has been mostly demolished under a CERA Section 38 Notice of Demolition. Council staff will continue to work with the community to look at the future of the facility.
Sumner Community Centre, Museum and Library to be rebuilt - 29 August 2013
The Council today approved the rebuild of the Sumner Community Centre, Museum and Library on the site of the demolished facilities at 14-18 Wakefield Avenue.
Stage one of the project will now begin. This will include investigating concept designs for a new facility, cost estimates and community consultation. Council staff will also continue to investigate how the Returned and Services’ Association may be incorporated into the joint development.
The Council will also work with the Sumner community to close any funding gap between the rebuild cost and the available insurance proceeds. This does not
preclude the community from applying to the Council for any shortfall.
Public invited to see inside historic Grubb Cottage - 19 August 2013
Lyttelton's Grubb Cottage, one of the oldest buildings in Canterbury, opens to the public for the first time on Saturday 24 August 2013.
Grubb Cottage Heritage Trust who lease this historic building are now able to invite the public in to view a snapshot of early european life as it was in Canterbury in 1851. The cottage will be open on Saturday mornings from 10am until noon.
Thanks from Little Akaloa community - 16 August 2013
A resident at Little Akaloa on Banks Peninsula and the Chair of the Akaroa Wairewa Community Board both thanked the Council and their Facilities Rebuild staff for the role they played in getting the local hall reopened in time to coincide with the reopening of the community's St Luke’s Church.
"The weekend of 4 August 2013 will always be remembered for the community spirit which was so evident, beginning with the CCC and its team who did their utmost to enable us to become a community once again."
New Halswell facility - 8 August 2013
A new library and community facility proposed for the existing Halswell Aquatic Centre site will create a hub for the rapidly-growing Halswell community.
Additional land has been purchased alongside the pool to provide enough space for the new facility.
Work on the 3050 m2 library and community facility (1800 m2 library, 1000m2 community facility including a customer service centre and multipurpose spaces, and 250 m2 pool office/changing room areas) is expected to start later this year and be completed in early 2015.
Funding of $22.5 million was earmarked for the complex in the Council’s 2009–2019 Long Term Council Community Plan. The proposed complex will be almost twice the size of the Upper Riccarton Community and School Library. The popular outdoor pool, toddlers’ pool and hydroslide have been incorporated into the proposed design and will have new changing rooms, a new barbeque area and improved landscaping. The new library facility will have a larger collection, self-service technology, learning spaces and range of public computers.
The existing library building’s future has not yet been decided and is part of the Council’s Facilities Rebuild Plan project.
The Council welcomes public comment on the proposed layout of services and landscaping. Respondents should ensure comments reach the Council by 5pm Thursday 29 August.
Temporary Library at Bishopdale - 8 August 2013
Christchurch City Council has signed a lease on an empty retail space in Bishopdale Mall, near the closed Bishopdale Community Centre and Library, which it plans to transform into a new temporary library by early October.
The former Westside Travel building, 17C Bishopdale Court, will be converted into a new temporary 175 square metre library. The library will operate until repair and strengthening work is complete on Bishopdale Community Centre and Library next year.
It is expected the new temporary library will host a small collection of around 12,000 items. Due to the library’s smaller size, there will be a focus on popular items, including adults’ and children’s fiction and non-fiction, large print, talking books and DVDs. There will also be a small number of computers for public use.
Repair and strengthening work on Bishopdale Community Centre and Library, which will cost an estimated $1.25m, is expected to get underway in November this year once engineers have developed detailed repair and strengthening options and consents have been granted. It is expected the library and community centre will re-open in June next year.
For more information visit http://www.futurechristchurch.co.nz or www.christchurchcitylibraries.com
Community, Recreation and Culture Committee key decisions - 6 August 2013
The Committee made a number of key decisions as outlined below. All these decisions, except the approval of the Heritage Incentive Grants, will now go to the full Council for consideration at its next meeting on 29 August.
- The committee has agreed the Sumner Community Centre, Museum and Library should be rebuilt on the site of the demolished facilities at 14-18 Wakefield Avenue. Council staff will also continue to investigate how the Returned and Services Association facility may be incorporated into the joint development.
- It was agreed the remainder of St Martin’s Voluntary Library, 3 Wades Avenue, should be demolished. The committee also agreed in principle to ring-fence the insurance proceeds for a future community facility that includes space for the voluntary library.
- The committee will recommend the Governors Bay Community Hall, toilets and pottery shed, 1 Cresswell Avenue, should be demolished. The building is significantly damaged and insurers have agreed it is a total economic loss. The recommendation to demolish does not include the historic Pierman Library, which is on the same site. Council staff will work with the community to look at the future of the facility.
- The committee agreed Scott Park Petanque Club and Toilets in Mount Pleasant should be demolished. A replacement public toilet has been proposed as part of the planned redevelopment of Scott Park and the Coastal Pathway project. Portable toilets will be placed on site in the meantime.
- The committee approved a number of Heritage Incentive Grants for properties in New Regent Street.
- The committee also approved a Heritage Incentive Grant for ‘Springbank’ at 290 Riverlaw Terrace.
Top 30 Projects - Progress to date - 6 August 2013
South New Brighton Holiday Park new facilities - 24 July 2013
Temporary amenities have now been installed at South Brighton Campground and opened for use today, Wednesday 26 July. This will allow the camp ground to remain open.
Two temporary men’s and two women’s toilets, a temporary container with seven individual shower cubicles, a temporary laundry facility with two washing machines and two dryers and a temporary kitchen are now operational.
These replace the amenity block that was found to be below 34 per cent of the New Building Standard in May. This is now closed and fenced off.
The Salvation Army has kindly lent the shower block to the Council. The kitchen and laundry facilities have been set up in portacoms that the Council already owned. Contractors have plumbed the laundry and removed the ovens from the amenity block that was below 34 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS) and fitted them into the temporary kitchen.
Linwood Community Arts Centre re-opened - 19 July 2013
Today Mayor Bob Parker re-opened the newly repaired Linwood Community Arts Centre, a significant facility for east Christchurch and for the city’s arts community. Mayor Parker re-opened the building in conjunction with Te Whare Roimata Trust, which has re-occupied the building for the first time since the facility’s closure following the February 2011 earthquake. The trust offers free or low-cost arts-related activities such as art classes, dance and music workshops, concerts, carving classes, children’s holiday art programmes and exhibitions.
The Council-owned building is a community landmark, having stood on the corner of Worcester Street and Stanmore Road since 1885.
Significant repair work, which began in August 2012, has been carried out on the building. This included replacing the roof, repairing cracks in walls, plasterwork and floors and rebuilding the south wall and the building’s four chimneys. The building has been strengthened to 90 per cent of the New Building Standard.
Wherever possible, elements of the original building have been salvaged, stored and reused for the walls and flooring, retaining the internal character of the building. Items such as the doors and tongue-and-groove panelling were removed early in the repair process and placed in storage so they could be put back later on. Parts of the building that were rebuilt were recreated to look like the same as those they have replaced.
The Linwood Community Arts Centre is a Group I/Category II listed heritage building. It opened in 1885 as the Linwood Town Board Offices for the Linwood Borough Council. In 1908, it became the Linwood Public Library and Reading Room. In 1997, the building opened for community use as the Linwood Community Arts Centre, operated by Te Whare Roimata Trust. A number of historic artefacts have been discovered as repairs have been carried out, including cast iron vents, a hidden wall that was part of an old Council safe and pieces of old newspapers.
The repair and strengthening work has been carried out as part of the Council’s Facilities Rebuild Plan Programme.
Bishopdale Plunket Rooms to close - 19 July 2013
The Bishopdale Plunket Rooms in Bishopdale Mall will be closing on Monday 22 July after Christchurch City Council received a Detailed Engineering Evaluation that shows the building is earthquake-prone.
Bishopdale Plunket rooms used to hosue the clinics and currently house the Plunket Family Centre. The clinics have been relocated to Plunket’s offices nearby in Kendall Avenue. From the end of July the Plunket Family Centre will be relocated to the Hoon Hay Plunket rooms on McCarthy Street. Plunket clients normally seen at the Bishopdale rooms will be notified and given the option of which nearby Plunket room they would like their next Plunket appointment to be held. Plunket families with any questions are invited to call the Plunket team on 366 0765.
Previous 2013 updates
For an archive of Updates from earlier this year, click here
2012 Updates on Facilities Rebuild
Click here to access all 2012 updates on Facilities Rebuild.
2012 Updates include:
South Library and Beckenham Service Centre re-opens - 19 December 2012
Work Continues on the priority 30 projects - 7 December 2012 update
Temporary repair and strengthening work at South Library and Beckenham Service Centre - 13 November 2012 update
Curator's House re-opens - 19 October 2012 update
Cowles Stadium re-opens - 12 October 2012 - update
South Library and Beckenham Service Centre - 13 September 2012 update
Rolleston House Youth Hostel - 13 September 2012
Akaroa's Gaiety Hall - 27 August 2012 update
Bishopdale Community Centre and Library - 24 August 2012 update
QEII - 23 August 2012 update
The Council in 2012 approved repairs to a number of buildings. For more information on the status of these buildings click here.