The idea of establishing a hot pools complex in New Brighton has been long advocated for by the community. Christchurch City Council and DCL have built on this proposal 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 Beachside 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 Christchurch Hot Pools and Beachside Playground development. The majority of respondents were strongly in favour of the project being progressed.
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 the Council’s proposal to allocate additional funding for the project.
Since then DCL has been working with community groups on the project. In late 2017, DCL sought community feedback on early design ideas for the pools and this feedback has been fed into the design process.
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.
The rationale for the facility lies in transforming New Brighton into a seaside leisure and recreation destination for visitors and locals alike. This fantastic facility will help stimulate greater private investment and development in the commercial centre, delivering strong urban regeneration outcomes for residents.
The new play area and Christchurch Hot 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.
The consenting process for the pools is currently underway, and a 12 month build time is expected following the granting of consents.
Images below show bulk and location, and feature in the resource consent application.