Passive House approach endorsed for replacement Luggate Hall

Date:
Dec 10, 2018

The permanent replacement for Luggate Hall looks set to be built to certified Passive Housing standard following the recent endorsement of the concept by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Community and Services Committee.

QLDC Property Director Richard Pope advised that Passive House standard relates to building design and construction techniques which create an ultra-low energy, healthy building and comfortable space for its users.

“If this concept goes ahead, it could be a big draw-card to Luggate as it would be our district’s first community facility that is built and certified to Passive House standard, and potentially the first for New Zealand,” said Mr Pope.

While all new community facilities will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, if the new Luggate Hall does proceed to this standard and is successful, it may also become the new benchmark.

QLDC Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod advised this would give QLDC the data, as well as the opportunity, to potentially embrace Passive Design throughout the district.

“The sad farewell to the beautifully acoustic Luggate Memorial Hall has a final verse. This is a really good news story and is futurist thinking for us and for New Zealand. We may even be able to upscale for larger community facilities,” added Mr MacLeod.

Mr Pope advised the feedback QLDC has received from the Luggate community since the old hall closed in 2017, is that residents want the heart of their community back again.

“We have discovered that the closure of the old hall has also had a flow-on effect for surrounding communities within the Upper Clutha who had used this space too. So, there is a desire to create something bespoke, multipurpose, and suitable long-term that brings people back together,” said Mr Pope.

“The Luggate community is thrilled the new hall concept is progressing so well. We feel very well supported by Council - they've listened to us and taken our predicament seriously. The old hall was very much the heart of our town, and with a growing village population the need for an up-to-date replacement facility is even greater,” said Graeme Perkins, Chairman of the Luggate Community Association.

To meet the costs to build the permanent replacement, QLDC is seeking to receive reallocation of funding through the reforecasting process. Initial discussions have also been held with third parties seeking to fund a portion of the costs.

“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 standard and additional funding is needed,” said Mr Pope.

"We certainly hope the additional funding will be forthcoming. So much consultation and energy has gone into the project so far, and we are feeling pretty positive that, together with QLDC and support from the various Trusts, the momentum towards completion will continue," added Mr Perkins.

ENDS.

For more information please contact QLDC Communications via communications@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 1802.