There is some good news for the Luggate community; residents will once again have their own space to host events, meetings and classes. On Monday November 18 the temporary Luggate Community Facility opened for public use. Located at Hopkins Street Reserve, the ‘new’ facility is a fully accessible relocatable building that has been redecorated and refitted on‐site with new services, including a kitchen and two bathrooms in addition to the main function space.
For Queenstown Lakes District Council general manager community services, Thunes Cloete it is an important milestone on the way to constructing a permanent community centre. “Council’s work on the relocatable building has run in parallel with plans for the new hall. Once completed this will be a landmark, sustainable centre to meet the long‐term needs of the growing Luggate community and the wider district,” said Cloete.
The original Luggate Memorial Hall was built in 1954 and closed in 2017 after not meeting the required standards in a detailed seismic assessment. QLDC endorsed an ultra‐low energy passive house concept for the new hall in late 2018, which will make it one of the first community facilities built and certified to passive house standard anywhere in New Zealand. “I’ve been impressed by the strength and resilience of local people we’ve been working with, since the Memorial Hall sadly had to shut and we’re very grateful for their patience in the intervening time,” added Cloete.
QLDC property director, Richard Pope said the team is making excellent progress. “The initial concepts demonstrated a smart and sustainable solution for a growing community. A detailed design is scheduled for completion in March 2020 and we’re looking forward to displaying plans in the temporary facility for the public to see,” commented Pope. The temporary solution will be a good compromise since locals will have to wait for the construction of the permanent Luggate Hall, which is scheduled for completion in mid‐2021.