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Friday, 03 June 2022

Council invites expressions of interest for new Ladies Mile Community Centre

Expressions of interest close at 5.00pm on Sunday 19 June.

Local community and recreation groups keen to make use of the new facility at 516 Ladies Mile can now submit an expression of interest to the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC).

This follows the recent approval of just over $3.66M to proceed with retrofitting the existing house on the property into a multi-purpose community facility.

QLDC Sport and Recreation Manager, Simon Battrick, said that Ignite Architects had been appointed – following a competitive tender process – to design the space and the expression of interest submissions would help Council better plan for how the space can be used. 

“It’s exciting to start the next phase of the project to determine design and use.   We’ve already received over 300 community ideas via our recent open day which will form part of the brief to the architects.  The expression of interest process will help us to refine the community need and work through how we can accommodate a diverse range of activity and interest groups with the limited space available,” he said. 

Lake Hayes and Shotover Country Community Association Chair Anita Golden said it was great to see the project moving forward.

“The community has provided a lot of feedback for Ignite Architects to consider and we’re excited to see what they come up with in their initial design plans. We’re hopeful for a functional facility that allows us to come together and connect with other community members,” said Ms. Golden.

Ignite Architects Associate Director, Jeremy Dunlop said it was an exciting project to be part of – bringing an iconic landmark back to life.

“For me personally, it is an exciting project to be involved with as it is located in the heart of my own local neighbourhood.  It will be a great place for people of all ages who live in the area to gravitate to for a wide range of activities and will hopefully grow and develop over time,” he said.

Anyone interested in submitting an expression of interest should visit letstalk.qldc.govt.nz. Expressions of interest open today (Friday 3 June) and close at 5.00pm on Sunday 19 June.

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Media contact: communications@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 1802.

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Ladies Mile Community Facility

Proposed draft floor plan

About Ignite Architects

Ignite Architects have been designing for over 30 years and have been established in the Queenstown Lakes District for over two years. Their story began in 1987, when they first started out as a small architectural practice in Auckland. Today, they’re home to a specialised team of 140 architects, designers, and technicians, operating from six design studios around New Zealand and Australia.

Ignite Architects deliver projects across sectors, scales, and typologies. Our work includes master plans, retail and commercial buildings, workplaces and schools, hospitality and entertainment complexes, residential and hotel developments, civic and aviation buildings, and aged care and healthcare facilities.