Hutt City Council’s third community hub is due to open its doors in 2020. Tenders will soon be sought for the $8 million Naenae Community Hub project, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019. The multi-purpose facility will be built on the site of the current Naenae Community Hall.
About 1000 people responded to a consultation about the Naenae proposal, with key themes being that they wanted library services and flexible spaces.
Council’s design brief includes a large space for sports/activity, as well as concerts and conferences; a library, medium sized spaces for a variety of activities and small spaces for community meetings and services such as Plunket.
The hubs in Taita (Walter Nash) and Stokes Valley (Koraunui) have exceeded Council’s expectations. The Koraunui Hub, which opened in November 2017, is tracking to have 240,000 visits, 90,000 more than anticipated. The Walter Nash Centre receives more than 800,000 visits per year.
Once the programme of work has been confirmed, Council staff will work with current community hall users to find alternative options during construction of the new facility.