Hall Rebuild

The St James’ Community Centre has been a hub at the heart of the Lower Hutt community since it was built in the late 1960s. Located in central Lower Hutt, it is widely used by a variety of community groups from throughout the wider Hutt Valley.

Comprising two halls over two levels, it has ample parking, flat access and fenced green spaces making this community facility ideal for a wide range of community uses. As part of the wider Lower Hutt Civic Heritage Precinct, it is also used as a breakout space for groups using the nearby Hutt City Little Theatre facilities.

While the facility is currently well-used, the building is dated with the kitchen area, bathrooms and fire egress no longer up to current building standards. Accessibility to the second storey and outdoor garden area is poor which is not ideal for current hall users with accessibility issues. The building also lacks multiple access options limiting hall use potential and IT connectivity that is increasingly expected by hall users.

Regular users include: dance, multicultural, youth and disability groups with great potential identified for weddings and other family celebrations as well as business meetings.

Hall Plans

Ground Level Floor Plan
Level 1 Floor Plan

Phase I – Business Plan

A team of dedicated volunteers came together in 2021 to produce a preliminary business plan. This team have worked tirelessly to identify requirements and produce draft plans for Parish and community input. This saw approval at a Parish special general meeting to progress the feasibility process.

Phase II – Detailed Feasibility & Fundraising
Thanks to Lotteries Community Facilities grant funding, a detailed feasibility study led by external consultant, Impact Consulting is currently underway. This will be presented to vestry in May-June 2023. After vestry has considered the report, it will be provided to the Parish for their consideration.

Due to the nature of funding timelines, we are concurrently seeking donations from the wider community with a view to seek funding from the Lotteries Community Facilities grant fund in their 2023-2024 Round 1, which closes 6 September 2023.

Should this grant application be successful, and we have reached our funding goal, the rebuild can begin in 2024.

To date, $94,133 has been raised through donations and events with a further $200,000 committed by the Parish Trust Board. Our current estimate of building costs is $750,000.

Support the St James’ Community Centre Rebuild

Donations are now being accepted for this vital community project via the St James Lower Hutt Anglican Parish Trust Board
Ref: (Surname) Hall Upgrade

All donations over $5 are eligible for a tax rebate by completing the attached form.

Further information is available from the Parish Office (04) 569 6737 extn 802 or by email halldevelopment@stjames.net.nz

Thank you to all our donors for your support of the St James’ Community Centre Rebuild