Luggate to open its doors to an energy efficient new hall

Pictured: The Luggate Memorial Hall closed its doors in 2017 with a new energy efficient hall set to take its place.|Photo: Allison McLean

The permanent replacement for the retired Luggate Hall, set to be built to the certified Passive House Standard, may be one step closer to fruition today. If re-forecasting is successful and approved in this afternoon’s Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) meeting, then third party funders will have the chance to help push the permanent hall project forward.

QLDC Community and Services Committee has endorsed the energy efficient construction concept, and the council’s property director Richard Pope has advised that Passive House Standard includes “building design and construction techniques which create an ultra-low energy, healthy building and comfortable space for its users.”

Pope told the Wanaka Sun that the intention is to demolish the existing Luggate Memorial Hall, which closed in 2017, as it is earthquake prone. A temporary hall will be delivered to the Luggate site in February 2019 and is expected to open in March that year.

“Once the council decision is taken, we will enter into a procurement process for the project, including the design, and will also formalise the request for third party funding (circa $1.89 million). As part of the design of the permanent hall, we will look into ways that we can pay tribute to the essence of the memorial,” said Pope.

He added that is all goes to plan, construction on the permanent hall will start in January 2020 with expected completion in the first quarter of 2021. “As a project like this hasn’t been done in New Zealand before, there is some additional due diligence required to ensure we get it right. We are doing everything we can to manage any potential risk, but these timings may shift as the project progresses.”

If the concept moves forward and is successful to the Passive House Standard, QLDC said the facility could become the new benchmark. Council deputy mayor Calum MacLeod said it would give QLDC the data and the opportunity to consider further passive design throughout the district.

QLDC is hoping to use the re-forecasting process to receive reallocation of funding and will be continuing its conversations with third party investors. “While a preliminary budget was allocated for the old hall upgrade in the QLDC 2018-2028 Ten Year Plan, the engagement with the community and the business case now supports the preference for a new hall at the Passive House Sstandard and additional funding is needed,” said Pope.


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