For Events Centre queries contact:
T: 04 560 1066
The Civic Precinct projects
The three projects are tightly co-ordinated. The Civic Precinct Steering Group oversees all three projects and funding for each project is considered during the Draft Annual Plan process.
The decision was made in 2014, in consultation with many existing hall users, to replace the Town and Horticultural Halls with a single, multi-purpose community venue.
Both buildings were earthquake-prone: experts advised that the Town Hall could collapse inwards in a moderate earthquake, and the Horticultural Hall met just 14% of current standards. It would cost $6.5 million just to strengthen the old buildings. Council therefore decided to investigate whether the buildings were appropriate for the modern demands of civic life, what other design options there were, and considered its options. From this research process came plans for the new Events Centre.
- Project Manager - RDT Pacific
- Architect - Architecture +
- Structural engineer - Dunning Thornton
- Services engineer - Stephenson & Turner
- Quantity surveyor - WT Partnership
- Contractor - Naylor Love Construction Ltd
- Landscape Architect - Isthmus
- Civic Engineer - Calibre Consulting
How the community benefits from the Civic Precinct
The Civic Precinct projects aim to create an exciting community space and provide greater integration with the Laings Road Council building, Riddiford Garden, the War Memorial Library, Little Theatre, The Dowse Art Museum and Dowse Square – and are designed to meet the needs of our community. The space has been looked at in its entirety to ensure that it works, and is something the city can be proud of.
The process of considering design options generated a lot of public interest and debate on the heritage value of the buildings. The Town Hall particularly is considered to be an excellent example of Post-Modernist architecture. Council has worked with the Historic Places Trust and the Hutt Architects Sole Practitioner group on ways to retain heritage.
Council decided to restore and strengthen the Town Hall, but to replace the old Horticulture Hall with a modern, multi-functional space connected to the Town Hall.
The new Lower Hutt Events Centre will still be home to the community events and civic functions enjoyed by residents over the years at the halls. The community gains a facility that encourages the vibrancy and economic benefit that comes from attracting events such as conferences and concerts to Lower Hutt. This supports the objectives of Council's Making Places strategy.
How you can find out more
For information contact:
T: 04 570 6666