Find out about the projects we're doing in Naenae: rebuilding the Naenae Pool and rejuvenating the city centre.
About the Naenae Pool and Fitness Centre project
We are building a new pool and fitness centre in Naenae, replacing the original 1950s pool. The new Naenae Pool and Fitness Centre is one of the most significant infrastructure projects we have underway. It is part of other work within Naenae to revitalise the town centre and the local economy. The new pool will open 2024 returning this much-loved facility to our Hutt communities as well as aquatic sports groups across the Hutt Valley and wider Wellington region.
Work on the new pool began following an extensive community consultation project in 2019. In 2021 we went back out to the community with draft concept designs and the Voice of the Community Part 2 is the result of that engagement.
To take a 360 view of inside the pool areas simply click on the image below then move your phone or drag the image to move and view the space from all angles.
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About the Project
- Demolition of the old pool and the neighbouring community hall was completed in May.
- Preparation of the site for construction began in June.
- Digging foundations began mid 2022 - CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY!
- New Pool and Fitness Centre to open mid to late 2024
Late 2021 we shared the concept plans and designs for the new facility. Overall feedback showed we had things right with most saying they were happy with the modern, light and accessibly friendly centre.
The new pool and fitness centre will include:
- 50m pool – 10 lanes wide
- 2 bulkheads to enable multi-use of the main pool
- 2 Zoom Tubes
- Spectator seating for 500 people
- Shallow leisure pool and splash pool for young children
- Deep leisure pool with ramp access and seating area with hydro jets
- Special poolside party room for birthday etc
- Fitness Room and Gym
- Improved connection to the outside space
- Improved access with single level across all public spaces.
In 2021 Council approved a budget of $68m as part of the 10-year plan. In 2020 Council received co-funding of $27M from central government as part of investment in COVID Response and Recovery, which will be managed through a partnership with Crown Infrastructure Projects (CIP).
The trees at the south-west end of the park are being removed as part of the Naenae Pool and Fitness Centre, an important part of the revitalisation of the Naenae Town Centre. It was hoped some of the trees could be retained, and a number of factors have been considered in the decision to remove them, including:
- An arborist’s report showing some of the trees are not in good health and would not likely do well with the changes planned to take place around them
- Car-parking and access to the new pool were key issues raised in the feedback last year, both of which are restricted by the trees
- The creation of green spaces was a key design principle of the project and a focus in the Voice of Community
- The preference is for large, long-lived trees to be planted with adequate spacing throughout the park as a legacy for the future, and the creation of a pleasant woodland/forest of native trees & plants in the park area at the rear of the pool.
The decision to remove the trees was made in consultation with the Community Advisory Group for the project. Over time they will be replaced by native tree species that connect and represent the Naenae environment and culture. They will be resilient to pruning, allowing for lifted canopies, creating more openness across the space and improving safety for the community around the new facility.
Naenae Town Centre project
As part of the consultation in 2019 the Naenae community laid out its vision for their town centre.
This resulted in the development of the Naenae Spatial Plan showing how the Naenae town centre may be transformed in a way to support the community's vision.
Due to the close dependencies of these two projects the Naenae Pool and Spatial Plan Projects were combined in October 2020 to better align opportunities. We continue to work closely with the Community Advisory Group (CAG) to keep the voice of the community part of ongoing projects in and around Hillary Court.
Naenae Post Office development
The former Naenae Post Office will soon be home to a community kitchen, flexible open plan spaces and shared office styled meeting rooms as major redevelopment of the iconic landmark building gets underway. Council purchased the building in late 2021 and following co-design workshops with the Community Advisory Group, has finalised concept plans that will be shared with the wider community. We are working with CAG to develop the building that will attract community groups, workers, and small businesses into the heart of the town centre.
Below is a series of concept design images of the new community centre. These will support an application for resource consent. Tenders will be called late 2022 and Council expects to be able to begin work on the development early in 2023.