Christchurch City Council approves concept designs for new Hornby Centre

The pool hall looking west towards the creative activities and multi-use room.

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The pool hall looking west towards the creative activities and multi-use room.

Christchurch City Council has approved the concept designs for the new Hornby Centre planned fort the east side of Kyle Park.

The council is investing $35.7 million into the multi-use centre to meet the community and recreational needs of the growing population living in the southwest of Christchurch.

“The new Hornby Centre will be an important asset for the community and will help plug a gap in our network of community and recreation facilities across the city,’’ mayor Lianne Dalziel said.

“The Hornby community have been pushing for many years for this type of facility, and I am delighted that we are a step closer to being able to give it to them.”

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The approval of the concept designs meant the council was on track to get construction under way next year, she said.

Northern entry looking west towards the courtyard.

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Northern entry looking west towards the courtyard.

Architectural firm Warren and Mahoney developed the concept designs for the 4000-square-metre centre after discussions with the community.

The facility will include a library, a lane pool, a learn-to-swim pool, a toddlers’ wet play area, a spa pool and a customer services zone.

There will also be an espresso bar, a creative activities room, and multi-purpose rooms that community groups can use for meetings.

The children's end of the library looking north to the courtyard.

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The children’s end of the library looking north to the courtyard.

A hydrotherapy pool could be included in the facility at a later date. The Greater Hornby Residents Association and Hornby Rotary are co-ordinating a community fundraising effort to allow one to be added.

The procurement plan will go to the council’s Finance and Performance Committee on November 5 for final approval.

Construction is due to start by mid-2021 and the centre is expected to open in late 2022.

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