A healthy heart for Luggate

Photo: Wanaka Sun Archives

Luggate’s “heart” could be restored in the form a new community hall built to certified Passive House standard.

Queenstown Lakes District Council Community & Services Committee will consider endorsing the recommendation to council to approve the new Luggate Hall build project at its meeting this morning.

Luggate Hall (pictured) was closed in August 2017 after a Detailed Seismic Assessment indicated the building’s seismic rating to be 15 percent of the National Building Standard. The building was classified as a Grade E building, indicating a very high-risk exposure relative to a new building if a large earthquake occurs.

The report indicates the prefered option moving forward is to build a bespoke Passive House certified multi-purpose community hall to “restore the heart and focus for the Luggate community”.

The building would be fit for purpose, significantly more energy efficient and create a more comfortable, healthier environment. The project would have an increased construction cost of up to 10 percent, however the report recommends the Committee endorse the proposal that council approve the additional funding of $1,344,000 via the reforecasting process.

If the project goes ahead it would be the the first Passive House certified community facility in New Zealand.


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