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Walter Nash Centre

The $11m Walter Nash Centre, opened in September 2015, is a sports venue, a leisure and learning space, and a hub for the local community in the Lower Hutt Suburb of Taita.

Aim:

The new facility combines the existing Walter Nash Centre, Taita Community Hall, Taita Community Library and Hutt Valley Netball Courts and is a hub for community programmes, services and activities for the region. Already, it is making a difference to people in the local community.

What we did:

The development features five indoor multi-purpose courts, a new library, community meeting spaces, a fitness centre, cafes, child care room and changing facilities and 11 external courts. There is also approx. 200 on site car parks.

The new library and meeting spaces are providing digital access for the community and there are also community learning programmes, events and fitness programmes offered.

 

Unique Challenges:

During the 11 month construction the existing Walter Nash Centre and Library remained open and in use as did nine of the outdoor courts. Working in a live environment  required the site team to be extra vigilant.

 

The Outcome:

Since opening, Walter Nash Centre has seen an average of 200-300 people (mostly school-age) through the doors daily and is both an indoor and outdoor venue for events in Hutt Valley including community festivals and trade shows.

This project followed the Hawkins ethos of Zero Harm/Injuries with no one on the site hurt during the build. Another achievement was the strong stakeholder engagement with the surrounding community which resulted in good relations and no complaints.