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June, 2022

Local community and recreation groups keen to make use of the new
facility at 516 Ladies Mile can now submit an expression of interest to
the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC).
This follows the recent approval of just over $3.66M to proceed with
retrofitting the existing house on the property into a multi-purpose
community facility.
QLDC Sport and Recreation Manager, Simon Battrick, said that Ignite
Architects had been appointed  following a competitive tender process
 to design the space and the expression of interest submissions would
help the council better plan for how the space can be used.
Its exciting to start the next phase of the project to determine design
and use. Weve already received over 300 community ideas via our
recent open day which will form part of the brief to the architects. The
expression of interest process will help us to refine the community need
and work through how we can accommodate a diverse range of activity
and interest groups with the limited space available, he said.
Lake Hayes and Shotover Country Community Association Chair Anita
Golden said it was great to see the project moving forward.
The community has provided a lot of feedback for Ignite Architects to
consider and were excited to see what they come up with in their
initial design plans. Were hopeful for a functional facility that allows us
to come together and connect with other community members, said Ms
Ignite Architects Associate Director, Jeremy Dunlop said it was an
exciting project to be part of  bringing an iconic landmark back to life.
For me personally, it is an exciting project to be involved with as it is
located in the heart of my own local neighbourhood. It will be a great
place for people of all ages who live in the area to gravitate to for a
wide range of activities and will hopefully grow and develop over time,
he said.


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