A new community centre for Meadowbank
Meadowbank’s many community groups are a step closer to a revamped central home – one designed to meet their needs for years to come.
Eke Panuku Development Auckland on behalf of Auckland Council has entered into a conditional development agreement with a development partner to redevelop the community centre on St Johns Road in the heart of the Meadowbank village.
The vision is for a high-quality, fit-for-purpose facility to better serve the surrounding and changing communities. The space will be about twice the size of the current centre, and a place to gather, learn and enjoy a wider range of services and programmes.
The Ōrākei Local Board has responded to calls from locals for improvements to community facilities. In July 2018 the board gave the go-ahead to revitalise the Meadowbank community centre, an intention set out in its latest local board plan.
The new centre will feature community space on the ground floor, and homes above. Its design will cater for a mix of new and existing services, including some that are currently provided at premises at 22 Tahapa Crescent, Meadowbank and formerly at 4 Victoria Avenue, Remuera.
The new community centre will be delivered at no cost to rates payers. The costs to deliver the new community centre will be funded from the sale of the airspace above the new Meadowbank Community Centre for the new homes as well as the sale proceeds from the sale of 4 Victoria Avenue and eventually the sale proceeds of the Tahapa Crescent Hall.
Eke Panuku is leading the delivery of the Meadowbank community centre, working closely with the Ōrākei Local Board, Auckland Council and the community.
STATUS AND TIMELINE
We have signed a conditional development agreement with a development partner, and we are now working with them to satisfy the conditions of the development agreement as soon as is practically possible.
We will formally announce the development partner to the community once the agreement becomes unconditional. A resource consent application has been lodged.
ACHEIVED KEY MILESTONES
- Selection of the preferred development partner
- Conditional development agreement approved and signed
- Unclassified Local Purpose (Community Centre) Reserve status revoked October 2021
- Resource consent lodgement
- Preliminary design community centre internal fitout
UPCOMING KEY MILESTONES
- Development agreement unconditional
- Community consultation on internal fit-out
- Detailed design phase concluded and development partner lodges building consent
- Construction by the development partner commences
- Development partner hands over community centre shell for internal fit-out works
- Practical completion and code of compliance issued
- A new Meadowbank Community Centre opening