Hornby Pool and Community Centre

Hornby Poolweb
Hornby Poolweb

Warren and Mahoney is working closely with the local community on the design of the 4000m2 new community and recreation centre.

The facility is designed to provide a range of aquatic services, and combines an 8-lane lap pool, spa, Learn to Swim, wet deck and toddlers play area with a customer service centre and library, including Craft / Maker and multi-use meeting and study spaces.

The design, which brings together multiple functions under one roof, will promote more people to get active and get learning as well as providing a much needed social hub for the region.

The central foyer provides views into the Maker spaces, traditional library collections and swimming pools, placing learning, making and recreation on display, and creating spaces for informal learning and social interaction.

An enclosed North West facing courtyard, activated with an Espresso Bar and stage, provides a sheltered community space for local artists, performance and outdoor learning and to encourage engagement and connection with the wider Kyle park.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says: “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.

“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."

Project Principal Peter Marshall says the practice is pleased to have another strong community facility beginning construction in Christchurch.

"Community facilities have grown in importance over recent years and have morphed into multi-use buildings. The Hornby project will consist of a library, customer services and swimming pool facilities, all under one roof. Differing activities will facilitate interaction between each of them, resulting in a stronger community hub.

"A simple plan and a simple series of forms have ensured a cost-effective solution, enhanced with sustainable features such as the use of LVL timber and natural light. The ability to expand the facility at a later date will ensure its on-going importance as a community hub.

"We commend the Christchurch City Council for their foresight and strategic plan for the project."

Construction is due to start by mid-2021. It is anticipated the Hornby Centre will open in early 2023.