The idea for a hot pools complex was raised by residents during the New Brighton Suburban Centre Master Plan engagement process. The aim is to create a regional attraction that kick-starts New Brighton’s revitalisation, drawing people into the village centre and supporting the wider New Brighton Regeneration Project, including the playground, improvements to public spaces, transport and car parking, residential development and the surf club rebuild.
Development Christchurch Limited, working alongside Christchurch City Council, has taken the community’s direction and come up with ideas for how this project might work.
In November 2016, DCL and Christchurch City Council consulted the community on the proposed hot salt water pools and Beachside Playground development. The majority of respondents were strongly in favour of the project being progressed.
All funding for the hot pools was approved by Council in June 2017 as part of the Annual Plan process, where the community was consulted on Council’s proposal to allocate additional funding for the project.
Since then DCL has been working with community groups on the project. In late October to early November, DCL sought community feedback on early design ideas for the pools. This feedback is now being used to inform design work.
People said they wanted the hot pools to be a place for locals and visitors to relax and enjoy. Design ideas focus on this feedback with the aim of creating an inclusive, “flexible space designed around the natural environment and reflecting the desire for a family friendly facility.
DCL is currently making preparations for the consenting process, and the facility is expected to open in mid-late 2019.
Work on the new play area and Hot Salt Water Pools is just one part of the evolving programme of regeneration happening in New Brighton. This development needs to fit in with other community initiatives, plans for the revitalisation of the commercial centre, the implementation of the Master Plan, work to understand future environmental issues, and the wider regeneration of New Brighton.
You can view the information pack here.
DCL will be releasing more information on the next steps soon.