Wānaka Sun       

Luggate Hall gets reprieve

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 16 Jul, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Grants to the tune of $1.5 million have been dished out at Central Lakes Trust's latest board meeting, including the long-awaited Luggate Hall, a series of operational grants to community groups, and a handful of emergency COVID-19 grants.

The board approved a grant of $750,000 towards the new hall build, a total of 18 per cent of the project cost.

The current Luggate Community Hall was decommissioned in 2017 due to seismic concerns, leaving Luggate without any form of a community facility. Over the past three years, an extensive process of community consultation has been conducted to determine the demand and scope of facilities required for the communities immediate and future needs, and a passive design chosen.

QLDC's Sport & Recreation Manager Simon Battrick said, “The Luggate Memorial Centre will be the first passive house certified community centre in New Zealand. This innovative method was chosen as it will not only future proof the centre but addresses the key issues of sustainability, and cost-effectiveness, while providing a place that all the community can use.”

He continued, “the Passive House concept is new and uncharted territory for New Zealand community facilities, and should address the community desires for the hall. If it is successful, it is likely to be the blueprint for other community facilities in our district.”

Trust chief executive, Susan Finlay said, “While it may have been a lengthy process, it's rewarding to see a well thought out concept. The hall will end up requiring very little energy to operate, reducing running costs, and ultimately offer a healthy and comfortable centre for the Luggate community to gather together once again.”

Read edition 983 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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